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N.K. holds welcoming dinner for S. Korean basketball players, officials

All Headlines 19:39 July 03, 2018

PYONGYANG/SEOUL, July 3 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) -- North Korea held a welcoming dinner Tuesday for a delegation of South Korean athletes and government officials visiting Pyongyang for inter-Korean friendly basketball matches.

The 100-strong delegation including coaches and journalists arrived at Pyongyang's Sunan airport earlier in the day on two military planes.

North Korea is holding the welcoming dinner at Pyongyang's Okryugwan restaurant, which is famous for cold noodles, called "naengmyeon" in Korean.

South Korean government officials earlier told visiting journalists that Kim Il-guk, North Korea's sports minister, is likely to attend the dinner.

"An official with authority will likely join the dinner," a North Korean official said.

The two Koreas plan to hold four basketball matches in Pyongyang on Wednesday and Thursday. The matches were arranged as a follow up to the agreement reached during working-level talks on sports exchanges in mid-June.

They will hold basketball matches for the first time in 15 years.

This photo taken on July 3, 2018, shows South Korean basketball players entering a hotel in Pyongyang, welcomed by hotel staff members. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)


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