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South Korea's president Moon Jae-in proposes 2030 World Cup bid with North Korea

South Korea's president proposes 2030 World Cup bid with North Korea
By Reuters

12/06/2017 at 13:08Updated 12/06/2017 at 15:04

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in suggested on Monday that countries in Northeast Asia could form a bloc - including isolated North Korea - to co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, his presidential office said.

"If the neighbouring countries in Northeast Asia, including North and South Korea, can host the World Cup together, it would help to create peace in North and South Korea as well as Northeast Asia," Moon was cited as saying by his spokesman Park Su-hyun.

South Korea hosted the U20 World Cup recently - which England won

South Korea hosted the U20 World Cup recently - which England wonGetty Images

The South Korean president has been open to more dialogue with North Korea since he was elected on May 10. North Korea has so far shown no sign of responding, however, instead conducting missile tests at an unprecedented pace in defiance of the global sanctions imposed on it.

Moon made the comments during a meeting with Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, earlier on Monday.

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.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in South Korea to watch the U20 World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in South Korea to watch the U20 World CupGetty Images

Infantino said he would relay Moon's suggestions to China's President Xi Jinping, whom he is scheduled to visit later this week.

South Korea co-hosted the World Cup in 2002 with Japan.

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