North Korean athletes will compete in all events at the Asian Games in South Korea later this year, North Korean officials said Monday.
Preparations are under way to compete in all events, a group of North Korean officials and reporters said during a rare lunch with South Korean pool reporters.
The South Korean reporters are at a North Korean mountain resort to cover the reunions of hundreds of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.
North Korea will compete in “all events” and processes are under way to select athletes who can win medals, said a reporter of Minju Joson, the North‘s Cabinet newspaper.
In North Korea, reporters are members of the ruling Workers’ Party and the state propaganda machine does not stray from the official party line.
The comments came a month after North Korea announced through its state news agency that it will send its male and female football teams to the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, a port city west of Seoul, from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4.
Last year, South Korea invited North Korea to participate in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games via the Olympic Council of Asia, a sporting body that organizes all sports in Asia. It has 45 member states, including North Korea.
In 2002, North Korea sent 184 athletes and a squad of more than 100 female cheerleaders to Busan, South Korea‘s second-largest city, for the Busan Games. (Yonhap)