Samsung is giving a Pyeongchang 2018 edition of its Galaxy Note 8 to Olympians and officials at the Winter Games, but North Korea’s athletes aren’t getting the high-tech giveaway.

The isolated nation’s squad has been left empty-handed due to United Nations sanctions that ban the sending of luxury items to North Korea or to North Korean nationals, according to an Associated Press report. Galaxy Note 8 phones are priced at around $1,000 and up.

The International Olympic Committee advised Pyeongchang organizers that North Koreans could use the Samsung gadgets during the games and then give them back before returning home, the AP report said. But the Organizing Committee decided not to include the squad in the distribution of about 4,000 free handsets, to ensure that it wouldn’t violate sanctions.


Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/no-galaxy-for-you-north-koreas-olympians-shut-out-of-special-samsung-handout-2018-02-08

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