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Asian Games: North Korea retracts decision to send cheerleaders

Published on Aug 28, 2014 11:27 PM
 
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on August 28, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (centre) inspecting the actual parachuting and landing drill of paratrooper units of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea announced the same day that it would not be sending any cheerleaders to accompany its athletes at next month's Asian Games in South Korea. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea said Thursday it would not send any cheerleaders to accompany its athletes at next month's Asian Games in South Korea.

The decision was announced by Son Kwang-Ho, vice-president of North Korea's National Olympic Committee, according to the South's Yonhap news agency.

"We have decided not to send a cheerleading squad," Son said in a statement broadcast by Pyongyang's state TV monitored by Yonhap.

He accused Seoul of treating North Korean cheerleaders as a political propaganda tool.

 
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