US President Donald Trump's trade policies may cause big problems for South Korea's President Moon Jae-in. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in with Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The US says it will oppose any move by South Korea to extend financial backing to North Korea’s national team if it participates in the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, according to a South Korean press report.

UPI, in picking up the story, says a senior Trump administration official told Segye Ilbo, a Korean-language newspaper owned by the Unification Church, that a Blue House decision to offer financial support to North Korean athletes would be opposed because it would violate the spirit of the UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

The source reportedly brought up financial support previously provided to North Korea by the South, including US$5 million during the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Despite the opposition to funding, President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed on Thursday to postpone joint military drills during the Winter Games.

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