September 19, 2020

North Korea’s ill-fated campaign to stop the ’88 Seoul Olympics

From boycotts to demands for joint hosting rights, Pyongyang was desperate to halt the games

This is part one of a series on North Korea's efforts to stop the '88 Seoul Olympics. You can read part two here.

There’s only a month to go before the start of the Pyeongchang Olympics, so now seems as good a time as any to recap the summer of '88, the last time South Korea hosted an Olympics. Actually, in many ways, events that led up to the summer Olympics of 1988 were far more dramatic and worrying than what we have seen in the last year or two, at least from point of view of Seoul.