Iranian and North Korean athletes at the 2018 Olympics will get a $1100 smartphone afterall

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  1. Arkain2K

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    • All athletes at the Olympic Games were offered a free Samsung smartphone, except delegates from Iran and North Korea due to concerns about international sanctions.
    • In response, Iran told South Korea that if Samsung did not apologize it could affect trade relations with the company.
    • Under mounting pressure, the IOC said it would provide all athletes, including those from Iran and North Korea, with the phones.

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    Iran summoned its South Korean ambassador on Thursday over news that, unlike all other athletes, its Olympic delegation wouldn't be receiving a free Samsung smartphone, and reportedly called the move "unethical."

    The Pyeongchang organizers announced last week they would be offering "Olympic edition" Samsung Galaxy Note8 smartphones to all competitors, except those from North Korea and Iran.

    Organizers said Wednesday the smartphone snub was due to concerns of violating internationally imposed sanctions, which ban providing luxury goods or products to sanctioned countries that could potentially be used for military purposes, Yonhap reported.

    The committee said in total, 22 North Koreans and four Iranian athletes would not be provided the newest $1,100 smartphones.

    In its subsequent meeting with its South Korean ambassador, Iran said it strongly opposed the "unethical move that is opposed to the spirit of Olympic games," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.

    Iran also told the ambassador that if Samsung did not apologize for its "unwise" move it could affect trade relations with the company, Qasemi said.

    The head of Iran's National Olympic Committee Reza Salehi Amiri echoed the foreign ministry's statements.

    "We won't keep silent in face of insults to our national pride, identity and dignity," Amiri said.

    Soon after, Iran's Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif escalated threats, reportedly giving an ultimatum to Samsung that if they didn't apologize and overturn their decision, he would boycott all Samsung products, including his own personal cell phone. Other ministers also joined in on calls for boycott, and threatened to discuss the matter in Iran's parliament.

    The South Korean company reportedly sells products in Iran and all nuclear-related sanctions were lifted on Iran in January 2016 but many businesses and companies remain cautious.

    Following the situation's escalation, the International Olympic Committee said it would provide the phones to all athletes, including those from Iran and North Korea.

    “Regarding Iran, we can confirm that all participants will be able to keep the phones," an Olympic spokesman said. "Regarding North Korea, all participants are requested not to take the phones back to their home country,” they added.

    South Korea has tried to avoid violating sanctions in its Olympic preparations

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    Anti-North Korean activists burn Kim Jong Un's portrait while the North Korean ferry, Man Gyong Bong arrives at Mukho Port in Donghae, South Korea on February 6, 2018.

    As South Korea prepares for the Olympics, it has continued to hit up against international sanctions.

    On Friday, the UN reportedly cleared blacklisted North Korean official Choe Hwi to visit the South for the Olympic celebrations, Yonhap reported.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jung, will also head to the Olympic celebrations as part of the North's delegation, despite her blacklist status.

    Earlier this week, Seoul temporarily exempted sanctions on North Korean ships so the country's Olympic delegation could travel by ferry to the South. South Korea has enforced travel sanctions on North Korean ships since 2010 in response to the suspected sinking of a South Korean warship, which North Korea denies its involvement in.

    Additionally, North Korea asked South Korea to supply fuel to the ship, which may violate UN Security Council sanctions that limit exports of certain goods, like crude oil, to the North.

    South Korea also needs to ensure no US food ingredients are used in meals for North Koreans in order to prevent the possible violation of US sanctions, which completely bans the provision of US goods and services to North Korea.

    Some have suggested that the South should ease its sanctions temporarily in order to facilitate the North's Olympic delegation and encourage inter-Korean cooperation.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/iran-athletes-smartphone-olympics-2018-2
     
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  2. HomerThompson

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    Sounds like everybody got their phones.
     
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  3. Happiness

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    I kind of wish WWIII would have started over this.
     
  5. Trotsky

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    I mean...good. If there is ever a place to maybe not needlessly kiss the US ring, it's the fucking Olympics. It might be trivial, but it's still pretty insulting.
     
  6. JudoThrowFiasco

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    The hell do North Koreans need a smartphone for -- the data downloads they are not allowed to have?
     
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    Save as much free porno that they might not be able to access back home?
     
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    I recently read an article that suggested if you want to take down NK without firing a shot, parachute a bunch of smartphones to the people so they can access the internet and see the freedom, lifestyle, and other stuff that other countries enjoy and they'll get pissed off and do what they need to do.
     
  9. Happiness

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    Is porn a luxury item?
     
  10. Happiness

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    Pretty sure NK only has an intranet.
     
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    Can't the phone use cell data to access SK's cell towers for internet porno?
     
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    majority of their population has smartphones -- but they dont get data via their 3g. Also, all their phones have logs that automatically get downloaded into state servers -- you also cant make any international calls.

    Taking pictures also seems pretty risky

    So, a good old flip phone seems more entertaining under those parameters.
     
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    Should have given them Nintendo DS instead
     
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    They should install that app that the youngsters use to hide naked selfies from the parents snooping on their phones.
     
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    Give them those washing machines that explode spontaneously or the phones that catch fire, or maybe those microwave ovens that spy on you that Kellyanne was talking about.
     
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    No idea bro.
     
  17. Happiness

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    Send in the autobots, robots in disguise imo.
     
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    For their glorious leaders to take apart and study modern tech...all hail kim!
     
  19. Seaside

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    As you know I critical of US imperialism forein policy especially in Latin America and around former Soviet nations.

    But this actually make sense. Iran and North Korea are dangerous regimes especially North Korea. I think people hate for Trump is blinding some from taking them serious. Both the countries threaten your American interests unlike when you meddle in Latin America powerless nations with no strong militaries!
     
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    They should have pre-loaded them with k-pop videos.
     

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