- All athletes at the Olympic Games were offered a free Samsung smartphone, except delegates from Iran and North Korea due to concerns about international sanctions.
- In response, Iran told South Korea that if Samsung did not apologize it could affect trade relations with the company.
- Under mounting pressure, the IOC said it would provide all athletes, including those from Iran and North Korea, with the phones.
- As South Korea prepares for the Olympics, it has continued faced numerous complications regarding sanctions.
Iran summoned its South Korean ambassador on Thursday over news that, unlike all other athletes, its Olympic delegation wouldn't be receiving a free Samsung smartphone, and reportedly called the move "unethical."
The Pyeongchang organizers announced last week they would be offering "Olympic edition" Samsung Galaxy Note8 smartphones to all competitors, except those from North Korea and Iran.
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