>> The two Koreas brought hockey players together for the Olympics but sanctions are making all the details a headache for officials in the South. They've been quick to capture the sunny side of training, a North Korean teammate's birthday cake made for good PR. But despite the push to include Kyong Yang in the games, the North is still being punished for its weapons program.
And as Reuters' Christine Tim reports, because of that, their athletes likely won't get deal in big treatments.>> For most Olympians, the chance to participate in the Olympic Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity. And thanks to their star value, the athletes are usually given lots of perks.
And this time some of them include the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones and Nike uniforms. The North Koreans participating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics won't be able to receive any of these from the Olympics organizers, due to international sanctions that ban the sale of luxury goods and sports gear to North Koreans.
>> Under recent sanctions, experts say even routine spending could be a problem, like medical treatment or souvenirs. And if recent public backlash is any indication, any major financial help from Seoul may face some scrutiny.>> Last month, when some North Koreans came to look at South Korean facilities for the upcoming taekwondo and orchestra performances, there was some controversy in local media here over the excessive security and treatment some of these people were given, like deploying more than 1,000 police personnel for security at Seoul station.
Due to the negative public sentiment that was seen then, it might not be the same for when the North Korean performance teams actually come to South Korea next week.>> It's also becoming less clear what Seoul might earn by playing nice. On Friday, Pyongyang sent a letter to the UN warning that if the US and South Korea go ahead with joint military exercises after the Olympics, they would not, quote, sit idle.