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North's Olympic decision

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Efforts should continue to resume dialogue

North Korea has decided not to attend the Tokyo Summer Olympics set to commence July 23, virtually ending the Moon Jae-in administration's bid to utilize the sporting event as an opportunity to revitalize his peace initiative on the Korean Peninsula. The North's Olympic Committee cited the need to protect players from the persistent COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision, announced through the "Sports in the DPRK" website run by the North's sports ministry, is understandable in many ways since the isolated country has been desperate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus since early last year, blocking all channels connected to the outside and enforcing preventive quarantine measures.

Yet, the decision is regrettable as it can be taken to mean that Pyongyang wants........

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