South Korea offers to host the World Cup with North Korea
South Korea’s new liberal president Moon Jae-in has offered to co-host the 2030 World Cup with rival North Korea and other north-east Asian countries as they look to promote peace in the region.
The proposal was made during a meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.
According to the president’s spokesperson Park Su-hyun, Moon said: “If the neighbouring countries in north-east 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 north-east Asia. I would like President Infantino to have interests on this matter.”
The South Korean president has been open to more dialogue with North since he took office last month.
Infantino said that he would discuss the matter with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who he will visit this week.
South Korea has previously co-hosted the World Cup with Japan in 2002 and will hope North Korea participate.
North Korea previously boycotted the Asian Games in 1986 and the 1988 Olympics when Seoul hosted it. However, since then, they have attended other major international sport events held in the country.
Infantino was on a visit to South Korea as they hosted the Under-20 World Cup which was won by England after a solitary Dominic Solanke goal ensured misery for Venezuela.