North Korea women's soccer team arrives in South Korea
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 00:41
July 18 - North Korea's women's soccer team arrives in South Korea for regional tournament just months after missile tests and threats of nuclear war. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: The North Korean women's soccer team arrived in Seoul for a regional tournament on Thursday just month after missile tests and threats of nuclear war pushed the peninsula close to conflict.
The four-nation Women's East Asian cup, which also features China and Japan, sees South Korea face their bitter rivals from the North at Seoul's World Cup stadium on Sunday.
The tournament takes place with the two Koreas engaged in rare talks aimed at restarting a jointly run industrial project in Kaesong, which closed in April as relations between Seoul and Pyongyang plummeted.
The closure of the park, a money-spinner for the impoverished North, came after North Korea threatened strikes with nuclear and other missiles against the South and the United States after the United Nations imposed toughened sanctions on the North for its third nuclear test in February.
Some experts said that sport seems to be one area in which the North has found some common ground with its neighbor, while most other aspects of cross-border cooperation have been frozen.
The last sports exchange between the two sides was when a North Korean soccer team played a World Cup qualifier against South Korea in 2009.
The North Korean women's soccer team visited South Korea in 2005.
The women's East Asian Cup wraps up on July 27. A men's tournament is being held at the same time but North Korea did not qualify for the finals.
The championship runs from July 20 to 28 in Seoul, and in Hwaseong to the south of the capital.
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