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Subject: North Korea retracts cheerleader offer for South

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/30/14 at 3:20 am

North Korea has retracted a decision to send cheerleaders to South Korea for the Asian Games, which would have been the first such trip in almost 10 years.

Pyongyang had said a group would accompany athletes taking part in the Games in September in the South Korean city of Incheon.

But it changed its mind because the South had appeared to be "displeased".

It accused the South of quibbling over details, and of viewing the group as a political propaganda tool.

"The South side took issue with the scale of the cheerleading squad and the size of the flag of the DPRK ," a statement carried by KCNA news agency said.

The statement said the South "finally raised even the issue of expenses which the North side had never mentioned, bringing the talks to a rupture".

South Korea said it was disappointed at the "unilateral" move and said it hoped Pyongyang would change its mind.

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