Deadlock in inter-Korean relations spreads to football with N. Korea’s lack of cooperation

Deadlock in inter-Korean relations spreads to football with N. Korea’s lack of cooperation
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there are just five and a half hours to
go until South Korea’s national football team take on North Korea in Pyongyang as
the two sides try to book spots in the 2022 World Cup Finals it’s a historic
moment with the previous match between the two in the North Korean capital
happening close to three decades ago but analysts say North Korea’s behavior and
the lead-up to the match and its block on broadcasting the game is just the
latest example of how far backwards relations have gone this year
oh it’s dong he tells us more it’s the first football match between South and
North Korea and Pyongyang in 29 years but unfortunately Tuesday’s match is
expected to be a lonely one for South Korea’s players with no cheering squad
or any broadcasting teams covering the game the match kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
Korea time at Kim il-sung Stadium in the North Korean capital in the second round
of Asian qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup only 55 South Korea’s travel
to Pyongyang on Monday twenty-five footballers and thirty officials we
reached out to the north on several occasions about broadcasting the match
and sending the cheering squad but there was no response so our contact at
Pyongyang through various channels of our authorities at the joint liaison
office between the two Koreas Football Confederations and through the Asian
Football Confederation but the North didn’t reply to any of them
watch her see this as an extension to the deadlock in inter-korean relations
that started to fracture her since the breakdown of the second North Korea US
summit in Hanoi early this year for whatever reason the north is showing no
interest in try to rebuild relations with the south since the Hanoi summit
the North has deliberately put its relations with the south on the back
burner and has explicitly shown discontent toward Seoul it has refused
to respond to Seoul on other issues as well like rice aid and the African swine
fever outbreak as the match won’t be televised live
fares will likely have to check the score on the internet but even that is
unclear at this point however prior to kick-off South Korea’s national anthem
will be played in South Korea’s national flag will be raised as per the usual
procedure at World Cup qualifiers oh dong Yi Arirang news

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