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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has 'great expectations' for Asian Games

Published on Jul 20, 2014 12:59 PM
 
North Korea's Kim Jong Un expressed "great expectations" for their athletes at the upcoming Asian Games in the South, state media said on Sunday, despite Pyongyang's earlier threat to boycott the event. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's Kim Jong Un expressed "great expectations" for their athletes at the upcoming Asian Games in the South, state media said on Sunday, despite Pyongyang's earlier threat to boycott the event.

The North had announced plans to send athletes and cheerleaders to the Games to be held in Incheon from September 19 to October 4.

But inter-Korea talks on Thursday to coordinate their visit broke down due to disagreement over issues including who was going to shoulder the cost of the trip, prompting Pyongyang to threaten a boycott.

Kim however watched the national football team beat another side 12-0 in a practice match and said their participation in the Asiad would help boost cross-border ties, the state-run KCNA news agency reported.

 
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