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(LEAD) S. Korean president proposes 2030 FIFA World Cup in Northeast Asia

All Headlines 19:23 June 12, 2017

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SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday suggested forming a regional bloc with communist North Korea and other Northeast Asian countries to jointly host the FIFA World Cup in 2030.

Moon's proposal came in a meeting with Gianni Infantino, chief of FIFA. The FIFA president arrived here last week to watch the FIFA Under-20 World Cup final between England and Venezuela held Sunday.

"I believe it would help promote peace in the region if Northeast Asian countries, including South and North Koreas, could jointly host a FIFA World Cup," Moon told the FIFA president, according to his spokesman Park Soo-hyun.

"I will see if I can create such an opportunity for the 2030 World Cup," the South Korean president was quoted as saying.

Infantino said there will likely be "difficulties," but noted such a vision itself "can be a very powerful message," according to the Cheong Wa Dae spokesman.

The FIFA chief also offered to run the possibility by other Northeast Asian leaders, starting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he said he was scheduled to meet in two days.

South Korea and Japan co-hosted the 2002 World Cup.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) meets with the visiting head of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on June 12, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae)

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