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N. Korean delegation for joint workers' football match to arrive in Seoul

All News 08:42 August 10, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean delegation is set to arrive in Seoul on Friday to take part in a planned inter-Korean workers' football match on the weekend, organizers said.

The 64-member delegation, led by Ju Yong-gil, head of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, will cross the western land border at about 10 a.m. on a three-day visit to the South, the organizers said.

They will be escorted in a vehicle to Walker Hill Hotel in eastern Seoul, before holding a joint press conference with South Korean counterparts from two major umbrella labor groups -- the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU).

The representatives from the two Koreas will then join a welcoming banquet later in the evening, at which Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will deliver a congratulatory speech.

The football match is due to kick off at Seoul's Sangam World Cup Stadium at 4 p.m. on Saturday, with about 30,000 citizens and laborers from both the South and the North to be present.

The rare football match marks the first inter-Korean private exchange event since President Moon Jae-in held his first historic summit on April 27 with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at Panmunjom.

The football match will be the fourth of its kind, following ones in Pyongyang in 1999, the southern South Korean city of Changwon in 2007 and Pyongyang in 2015.

On Sunday, the North Korean delegates will visit the tomb of Jeon Tae-il, a South Korean garment worker who burned himself to death in protest for better pay and working conditions in 1970, in Maseok, Gyeonggi Province.

A file photo of the 2015 inter-Korean workers' football match in Pyongyang, North Korea, released by the Korean Central News Agency on Oct. 29, 2015. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)


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