North Korean athletes arrive for Asiad in South

September 11, 2014 8:18 PM

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INCHEON: A first batch of North Korean athletes arrived in South Korea Thursday for this month’s Asian Games after taking a rare flight across the sensitive maritime border. Security was tight as an Air Koryo plane carrying 94 athletes and officials from Pyongyang landed in the South’s main international airport in the western port city of Incheon, close to Seoul. Some 20 South Koreans with a placard reading “Welcome North Korean athletes!” waved “one Korea” flags showing the unified Korean peninsula in the waiting hall of the airport. They chanted “We are from one nation!” as the North Koreans, wearing white jackets and badges bearing the image of late leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, walked into buses outside the airport. The North Koreans, escorted by South Korean police, left for the Asiad athletes’ village, without commenting.

Some 150 North Korean athletes and almost an equal number of coaches and officials will attend the Asiad, arriving on six special flights across the Yellow Sea maritime border, a flashpoint area and scene of bloody clashes in the past. The delegation will be headed by Sports Minister Kim Yong-Hun, w...

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