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Basketball diplomacy in North Korea

Peace team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean men players arrive at a gym in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 4, 2018. North and South Korea joined forces for their first basketball friendly in 15 years on Wednesday amid a warming of relations since the Winter Olympics in the South and easing tensions over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

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Peace team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean men players arrive at a gym in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 4, 2018. North and South Korea joined forces for their first basketball friendly in 15 years on Wednesday amid a warming of...more

Peace team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean men players arrive at a gym in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 4, 2018. North and South Korea joined forces for their first basketball friendly in 15 years on Wednesday amid a warming of relations since the Winter Olympics in the South and easing tensions over the North's nuclear and missile programs. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. Women athletes from the traditional foes put political differences aside to form two joint North-South teams, "Peace" and "Prosperity," in the friendly in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the packed crowd shouting and waving balloons in what turned out to be a thriller - Prosperity won 103 to 102.

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North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. Women athletes from the traditional foes put political differences aside to form two joint North-South...more

North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. Women athletes from the traditional foes put political differences aside to form two joint North-South teams, "Peace" and "Prosperity," in the friendly in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the packed crowd shouting and waving balloons in what turned out to be a thriller - Prosperity won 103 to 102. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. "I am proud that sport has stood at the forefront of opening this great path to reconciliation, peace and prosperity between North and South Korea," North Korean Vice-Minister of Sports Won Kil U told the South Koreans on arrival on Tuesday.

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Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. "I am proud that sport has stood at the forefront of opening this great path to reconciliation, peace and prosperity between North and South Korea," North...more

Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. "I am proud that sport has stood at the forefront of opening this great path to reconciliation, peace and prosperity between North and South Korea," North Korean Vice-Minister of Sports Won Kil U told the South Koreans on arrival on Tuesday. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had suggested the friendlies to South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April when the two held their first summit at the border village of Panmunjom straddling the two Koreas.

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Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had suggested the friendlies to South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April when the two held their first summit at the border...more

Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had suggested the friendlies to South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April when the two held their first summit at the border village of Panmunjom straddling the two Koreas. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. It was the fourth time the two sides have played together, the last match taking place in 2003.

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North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. It was the fourth time the two sides have played together, the last match taking place in 2003. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. It was the fourth time the two sides have played together, the last match taking place in 2003. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. This will not be the two Koreas' last opportunity to play sport together. They have agreed to march together under a unified peninsula flag at the Aug. 18 Asian Games ceremony in Indonesia and field combined teams in some events.

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North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. This will not be the two Koreas' last opportunity to play sport together. They have agreed to march together under a unified peninsula flag at the Aug. 18 Asian...more

North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. This will not be the two Koreas' last opportunity to play sport together. They have agreed to march together under a unified peninsula flag at the Aug. 18 Asian Games ceremony in Indonesia and field combined teams in some events. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, and South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. North Korean leader and basketball fan Kim Jong Un was not spotted in the crowd on Wednesday.

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Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, and South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. North Korean leader and basketball fan Kim...more

Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, and South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. North Korean leader and basketball fan Kim Jong Un was not spotted in the crowd on Wednesday. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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Prosperity and Peace women's teams arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

Prosperity and Peace women's teams arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

Prosperity and Peace women's teams arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace women's teams. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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The Prosperity team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

The Prosperity team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

The Prosperity team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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The Peace team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean men players arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

The Peace team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean men players arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

The Peace team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean men players arrive. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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Members of South Korean men's basketball team take part in a practice. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

Members of South Korean men's basketball team take part in a practice. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

Members of South Korean men's basketball team take part in a practice. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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Members of South Korean women's basketball team take part in a practice. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

Members of South Korean women's basketball team take part in a practice. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

Members of South Korean women's basketball team take part in a practice. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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North Korean women clean the floor of a gym in Pyongyang. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North Korean women clean the floor of a gym in Pyongyang. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North Korean women clean the floor of a gym in Pyongyang. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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North Korean women prepare for an inter-Korean basketball game at a gym in Pyongyang. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North Korean women prepare for an inter-Korean basketball game at a gym in Pyongyang. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North Korean women prepare for an inter-Korean basketball game at a gym in Pyongyang. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS
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