North Korea Leaves the South to Pick Up Its Olympics Tab

SEOUL—At the Winter Olympics, North Korea’s athletes, cheerleaders and performers are trying to score charm points for a regime seeking to improve its image. They are also racking up hotel bills they don’t plan to pay.

On Wednesday, South Korea approved a $2.7 million fund to cover North Korean costs such as the bill at the Grand Walkerhill Seoul, the five-star hotel in the capital where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and a 137-member orchestra spent a few nights. The tab could change depending on a final accounting,...

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