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South Korea President proposes co-hosting 2030 World Cup with North Korea

14 Juin 2017

From a logistical standpoint, it would be one of the easiest ways to host a World Cup as all the infrastructrue required to run a tournament exists with South Korea, China and Japan to run a World Cup in their own right.

South Korea's new liberal president has offered to co-host the 2030 World Cup with rival North Korea and other Northeast Asian countries as part of efforts to promote peace in the region, his office said Monday.

Moon Jae-in made the offer during a Monday meeting with Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino, saying such an event would contribute to establishing peace among the two Koreas and in Northeast Asia.

Moon Jae-in made the proposal during a meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Moon's office said in a statement. "I would like President Infantino to have interests on this matter".

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"If East Asian countries, including the two Koreas, host the World Cup, I think this will help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula as well as the entire region".

North Korea did not participate in the 1988 Seoul Olympics but South Korean officials hope they will send a team to next year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Infantino has been visiting South Korea since last week for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup final between England and Venezuela that was held on Sunday.