Thursday, May 25, 2006

North Korea agrees to Seoul-Pyongyang friendlies

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will support the resumption of traditional football matches between the Korean cities of Pyongyang and Seoul after a sixty-year suspension. The Korean Central News Agency reported that Sim Kyong Ok, the vice-chairperson of the Pyongyang City People's Committee has agreed to a proposal from Kang Kum Sil, the Seoul mayoral candidate from the Uri Party of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The KCNA didn't give any details about the exact date or place for the possible football match between the two capitals .

The Seoul-Pyongyang matches began in 1929 but were prohibited by the Japanese colonial regime in 1933. After the defeat of the Japanese, a final game was held before the split between the communist North Korea (DPRK) and the now democratic South Korea (ROK) in Seoul in March 1946. North Korea soon after invaded the south until repulsed by United Nations forces.

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