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Koreas' labor unions settle on schedule for football competition in Pyongyang

Labor unions of the two Koreas have settled on the schedule for a friendly football competition in Pyongyang, officials in Seoul said Monday.

The football event for labor workers from the Koreas will take place from Oct. 28 to 31 in the North Korean capital, officials from the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said.

The dates were agreed upon at a working-level meeting in Gaeseong, north of the border, between the two sides.

 Workers from the two sides previously had friendly football matches in 1999 and 2007.

 The South Korean and North Korean labor unions had agreed in principle on Sept. 30 to play football together and promote cross-border exchanges in the private sector, but they were unable to decide on the dates and the size of the competition at the time.

 A South Korean government official hinted it may approve the South Korean workers' visit to Pyongyang for the occasion.

 "We will review the proposal for the event once they're submitted by the two unions here," the official said. "If it's purely a sporting event, their trip will likely be approved." (Yonhap)