DPRK, South Korean basketball teams to play games in Pyongyang

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Basketball players from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and South Korea will play their first game for reunification on Wednesday.
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This picture taken on July 3, 2018, and released by DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency on July 4, 2018, via KNS shows South Korea's delegation during their arrival in Pyongyang to take part in the basketball games.


Basketball players from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and South Korea will play their first game for reunification on Wednesday.

A South Korean delegation, including a team of players, is led by Minister of Unification Jo Myong Gyun. They arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

The DPRK Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports hosted a reception in honor of the South Korean delegation at Okryu Restaurant on the same day, said the report.

The DPRK and South Korea leaders have agreed to carry out sports exchanges as part of their efforts to improve relations and reduce tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Meanwhile, South Korea and the DPRK on Wednesday started working-level talks over forestry cooperation, Seoul's unification ministry said.

Delegations from the two sides launched their dialogue at 10am local time (0100 GMT) at Peace House, a South Korean building in the border village of Panmunjom.

Ryu Kwang-soo, vice minister of the Korea Forest Service who led the South Korean delegation, told local reporters before heading to the dialogue venue, that he would discuss with his DPRK counterpart issues on an overall forestry cooperation.

The two sides were expected to agree to conduct a joint study on the DPRK's forest situations.

Seoul and Pyongyang held working-level talks last week about cooperation in railway and road, agreeing to conduct joint studies first on the DPRK's railway and road situations.

After their first inter-Korean summit meeting on April 27, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un agreed to increase inter-Korean cooperation exchange in various fields.


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