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North Korea urge South to accept jumbo delegation proposal for Asian Games

Published on Jul 23, 2014 11:39 PM
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a match played by the North Korean men's national soccer team, which will take part in the 17th Asian Games, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korea has urged Asian Games hosts South Korea to seize a “golden opportunity” to improve relations between the fractious neighbours and accept their proposal for a party of 700 athletes and officials to take part in the multi-sport event.

Talks between the two countries about participation in the September showpiece in Incheon ended last week with the North threatening to pull out of the Games.

They were unhappy that their larger-than-expected party of 350 athletes and a similar amount of cheerleaders was not agreed to by the South.

The North’s KCNA official news agency ran a statement from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland on Wednesday pushing the South to accept the deal.

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