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South Korea is footing the bill for North Korean Olympians

The North Korean 'pom pom girls.'
The North Korean 'pom pom girls.' Photo: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images

South Korea is picking up the tab for costs North Korea racks up during the 2018 Olympics, according to the Wall Street Journal, approving a $2.7 million fund to cover the expenses.

Why it matters: North Korea is a poor country that doesn't pay its debts around the world — on hotel bills, parking tickets, or anything else for that matter. In talks ahead of the games, "there was little question that the South would pay."