13/08/2018 - 14:39

Young S. Korean footballers head to Pyongyang

As the South Korean delegation travelled north, 64 North Korean workers arrived in Seoul for a football match slated for Saturday.

Waving mini white and blue “unification” flags — a pale blue silhouette of the Korean peninsula — the head of the North Korean group, Ju Yong Gil, said the football game will “create momentum for reunification throughout all classes”.

It will mark the fourth such football match between North and South Korean workers, with the last game taking place in Pyongyang in 2015.

All civilian communication between the two countries — which remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty — is banned unless approved by the governments.

Sporting cooperation helped spark the current diplomatic thaw, after the North sent a high-level delegation, athletes, cheerleaders and performers to this year’s Winter Olympics in the South.

The two Koreas will also field joint teams at the Asian Games later this month and march together at the opening and closing ceremonies in Indonesia.

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