LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- IOC president Thomas Bach says he is disappointed the United Nations will not allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea.
The International Olympic Committee's request was rejected by the U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committee.
"This makes it more difficult for the IOC to accomplish its mission to bring athletes from all over the world together to promote understanding and friendship regardless of political background or any other differences," Bach said.
In a statement, Bach added that "it is all the more disappointing because the exemption asked for the easing of restrictions on sporting equipment only for a very limited number of athletes."
The IOC played a key role in allowing North Korea to participate in the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea this year. Bach said the IOC will "continue to contribute to peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula and beyond through sport."