South Korea Is Interested In Co-Hosting The 2030 World Cup

President Moon agreed with the assessment, adding that both South Korea and Japan, along with the USA, must also work closely together to bring the regime back to the discussion table and work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

In recent months, tensions have been high over North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile development program and the Unites States' missile defence system being deployed in South Korea.

During the meeting, the envoy presented President Moon with a hand-written letter by Japanese Prime Minister Abe, where he stressed the need for continued pressure and sanctions on North Korea.

The North Korea official news agency on Saturday indicated Pyongyang is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially reach the USA mainland.

Moon's proposal came in a meeting with Gianni Infantino, chief of Federation Internationale de Football Association. South Korea, Japan and China all have extensive sporting facilities - South Korea and Japan co-hosted the successful 2002 World Cup, the first time the tournament was held in Asia.

The 2030 World Cup or the edition previous to that doesn't have a host yet but South Korea is already talking about a bid that could include its neighbor, North Korea.

The latest visit on Tuesday would be the fifth by Rodman to the secretive country.

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The proposal would be an incredible achievement if it were to come to fruition considering the two nations are still technically at war.

In 2014, Rodman arranged a basketball game with other former NBA players and North Koreans and regaled leader Kim Jong Un with a rendition of "Happy Birthday".

Rodman has received the red-carpet treatment on four past trips since 2013, but has been roundly criticized for visiting during a time of high tensions between the USA and North Korea over its weapons programs.

Chinese officials have said they want to host the World Cup at the earliest opportunity, which appears to be 2030.

Global diplomacy aside, northeast Asia is well situated for the World Cup.

Japan and South Korea struck the landmark deal in December 2015 to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the long-standing comfort women row.

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