The news comes amid heightened tension on the Korean
peninsula after the North fired more than 100 artillery rounds
into South Korean waters as part of a drill on Monday, prompting
the South to fire back.
The North has ratcheted up its rhetoric in recent weeks and
conducted a series of missile launches, mostly short-range, in
response to what it sees as the threat posed by a series of
joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that are held annually.
Asian Games organizers said in a statement that Kim Young-soo,
president of the organizing committee, had made the request to
IOC President Thomas Bach at a meeting in Kuwait on Monday.
Bach responded by saying that the IOC would do all it could to
help the South Korean organizers. He also said he would attend
the September 19 to October 4 Asian Games.
"Every competition shines when all member countries participate
in it and the Incheon Asian Games is no exception," said Bach.
"The IOC will spare no effort to get North Korea come to
North Korea said in January it would send men's and women's
soccer teams to compete at the Asian Games.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Pyongyang officials told
reporters a month later that the North would compete in all the
events at the Asian Games.
North Korea sent a delegation of almost 200 athletes and 100
cheerleaders to the Busan Asian Games in South Korea in 2002.
(Reporting by Narae Kim; writing by Peter Rutherford;
editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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