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North Korean footballer Jong arrives in Seoul to seal Suwon move

Published on Jan 8, 2013 7:12 PM
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North Korean football player Jong Tae Se speaks during an interview with media after arriving at Incheon airport on Jan 8, 2013. He is set to be unveiled as a Suwon player on Thursday after sealing a 300,000 Euros (S$482,000) switch from German club Cologne to the South Korean top flight. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korean football striker Jong Tae Se arrived in Seoul on Tuesday to finalise his move to K-League club Suwon Samsung and said he hoped to play the role of sporting ambassador during his stint in the South.

He is set to be unveiled as a Suwon player on Thursday after sealing a 300,000 Euros (S$482,000) switch from German club Cologne to the South Korean top flight.

The 28-year-old, who was born in Japan to a South Korean father and North Korean mother, told reporters at Incheon Airport on Tuesday that he had come to win titles but also wanted to promote sporting relations between North and South.

The two Koreas remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce, not a treaty, and tensions have risen to the highest level in decades after the North bombed a Southern island in 2010, killing two civilians and two soldiers.

 
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