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N. Korea clears way to host S. Korea

ReutersHONG KONG (Reuters) — North Korea has nominated Pyongyang as the host venue for a World Cup-qualifying soccer match against South Korea in October, clearing the way for the countries to play on North Korean soil for the first time in about 30 years.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed to Reuters on Saturday that the North Koreans requested the game scheduled for Oct. 15 be played at the 50,000-capacity Kim Il-sung Stadium in the northern capital.

The countries are still technically at war after the 1950-1953 conflict, but sports have in the past couple of years acted as an agent for reducing tensions either side of the demilitarized zone that splits the peninsula.

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