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AFC chief meets with N. Korean official

All Headlines 17:56 July 19, 2010

SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap) -- Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam met with a North Korean official in Pyongyang on Monday, the second and last day of his two-day trip to the country, the North's media said.

"Yang Hyong-sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, met and had a talk with Mohamed Hammam Saad Al-Abdulla, chairman of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and his party at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Monday," said the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in a brief dispatch, without elaborating on details of his trip.

The DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

The AFC chief, also an executive member in FIFA, arrived in North Korea on Sunday to launch FIFA's "goal project," which helps underdeveloped countries build football fields and other sport facilities, according to the Web site of the AFC.

According to the AFC, Hammam planned wide-ranging talks with the president of North Korea's football governing body and sports minister, before flying to China on Monday.

North Korea, which lost all three group matches in South Africa at its first World Cup in 44 years, was offered free World Cup footage in line with FIFA's policy to promote football in poor countries.

brk@yna.co.kr
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