Park 'Too Busy' to Visit Sochi Olympics

President Park Geun-hye is too busy to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Park told senior Cheong Wa Dae staff on Tuesday she has no time to visit Sochi because she is "tied up with a heavy workload, including a schedule to receive briefings on this year's projects from ministries and a plan to announce a three-year plan for economic innovation."

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. And even though no North Korean athlete has earned a ticket for the Olympics, a delegation led the North's titular head of state Kim Yong-nam attended the opening ceremony last Friday.

From South Korea, only Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Yoo Jin-ryong was at the opening.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 12, 2014 11:15 KST