DOHA, Qatar – North Korea's national team is refusing to talk about its country or regime while at the Asian Cup.
The team's translator batted away questions Monday on conditions in the country with a curt "come, visit North Korea" and refused to allow the team's coach Jo Tong Sop to answer. Other off-limits areas included a question about reports of players being sent to a labor camp after its 2010 World Cup failures.
Even Jo responded to a question about possibly facing South Korea in the knockout stage with a gruff insistence that he would only discuss its next opponent, the United Arab Emirates.
Jo dismissed suggestions that the country was closed off, saying he watched occasional Premier League and Bundesliga matches.