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July 19, 1988

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA

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    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the DPRK's NOC, Kim Yu Sun, acknowledging receipt of Kim's July 7, 1988, letter.
    "Letter from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea," July 19, 1988, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, International Olympic Committee Archives (Switzerland), SEOUL’ 88, POLITICAL MATTERS 1988-89; SEOUL ’88/ POLITIQUE (JANVIER – JUILLET). Obtained for NKIDP by Sergey Radchenko. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113527
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Mr. Yu Sun KIM,
President,
Olympic Committee of the
Democratic People s Republic
of Korea,
Munsin-dong 2,
Dongdaewon-Dist.,
PYONGYANG / D.P.R.K.

Lausanne, 19th July 1988
Ref. No. 4352 /88/sjg

Dear Mr. President,

May I acknowledge with thanks your letter of 7th July 1988, which has only just arrived at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne today.

First of all, I should like to express my appreciation for your kind words in recognition of the many efforts which the IOC is making in order to try and find a solution which would ensure the largest possible success of the Games of the XXIVth Olympiad.

I also appreciate receiving your explanation regarding the declaration of your Vice President in Berlin, as I had previously been unable to understand this.

As you well know, and I have reiterated this fact on many occasions now, we are still looking forward to working with you in order to find a possible solution and maintain the important and historical offer made by the IOC on 16th July 1987. I am sure that I do not need to stress, however, that time is running out very rapidly, thus making it increasingly more difficult to find a viable agreement.

Yours sincerely,
Juan Antonio SAMARANCH