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January 09, 1986

North Korea's bid to become co-host of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games foundered against unyielding opposition from South Korea and International Olympic Committee leaders.

An IOC delegation, spearheaded by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, remained firm in its backing of Seoul after separate meetings with National Olympic Committee members from both Koreas.

The second round of talks, which is to end today with a joint session, is unlikely to resolve the major differences which existed when the sides met last October.

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