North Korea was the main threat to the Olympics when hosts were southern neighbors in 1988, revealed the documents of the US intelligence service CIA, which have recently been stripped of their secrecy mark.
US agents were worried because they thought Pyongyang, through a network of agents, would carry out terrorist attacks and sabotage the Olympic Games in Seoul.
“We believe North Korea’s violence is the biggest threat to the security of the Games,” the CIA report released in 1986 said.
The CIA has begun investigating the North Korean threat even before the country’s agent to blow up a South Korean aircraft in 1987. Kim Hyun Hui, an agent responsible for placing a bomb on the plane, later said that she had done it on the orders of the ruling North Korean dynasty Kim to create chaos before the Olympics.
Before the explosion of the bomb, North Korea expressed a desire to host along with South Korea, and after Seoul rejected the proposal, from Pyongyang had arrived accusations that South Korea wanted to divide the peninsula. The three-year negotiations of the Olympic delegations of North and South Korea failed after the Pyongyang authorities refused to host a series of sporting events.
However, despite the fears of sports delegations from possible retaliation of North Korea and the great tension on the peninsula, the Olympic Games were held in 1988 without any problems.
30 years later, as South Korea approaches the organization of the Winter Olympics in 2018, North Korea is the greatest security threat again.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have further grown over the past period, with the growing doubt that South Korea will be able to protect athletes if there is some sort of escalation. In September, France said that their team would skip the Winter Olympics if South Korea could not guarantee that they would be safe.