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N Korean taekwondo team in S Korea for 1st time in 10 years

A North Korean taekwondo demonstration team arrived in South Korea on Friday for its first performances in the rival country in 10 years.
The team's arrival came as South Korea's new liberal president, Moon Jae-in, is trying to reach out to North Korea despite the North's push to bolster its nuclear and missile programmes.

The North's sole IOC member, Chang Ung, is travelling with the North Korean taekwondo team and will likely meet South Korean officials over cooperation on next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Taekwondo is a Korean traditional martial art but has been the subject of a bitter North-South rivalry.

There are two international federations: the South Korea-based World Taekwondo Federation, recognised by the International Olympic Committee, and the North-backed International Taekwondo Federation. North Korea has never sent its taekwondo athletes to Olympics.

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