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Updated: Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:37:31 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

North Korea's cheering squad to attend Asian Games



North Korean players run toward the cheering spectators at the stand after beating Japan 1-0 in their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. (© AP Photo/Kyodo News)

North Korean players run toward the cheering spectators at the stand after beating Japan 1-0 in their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, FRANCE, HONG KONG, JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA Kyodo News/The Associated Press

North Korea says it will send a cheering squad to the coming Asian Games in South Korea that its athletes plan to attend.

A North Korean government statement released Monday says the dispatch of its cheering squad to the games, set for Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, is aimed at promoting reconciliation between the rivals.

The statement repeated North Korea's demand the two Koreas end hostility against each other and mutual slandering.

It also calls for scrapping of South Korean military drills with foreign forces in an apparent reference to its regular training with the U.S., which the North calls an invasion rehearsal.

Outside analysts say North Korea seeks to improve ties with South Korea and other countries to help attract foreign investment and aid to revive its economy.

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