Trump to Host South Korean Counterpart

Toshihiro Nikai shakes hands with President Moon Jae-in in Seoul

REUTERSToshihiro Nikai shakes hands with President Moon Jae-in during a visit to Seoul

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae In on Tuesday nominated a veteran government official with long experience in handling ties with North Korea as his new unification minister.

After arriving in Seoul, Sunday, Infantino met Korea Football Association President Chung Mong-gyu to exchange ideas about the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the development of Korean football.

That would be a turn up for the books.

Meanwhile, South Korea's military said a North Korean soldier walked across the heavily mined border between the countries and defected to the South.

Discovered on a mountain near the inter-Korean border Friday, the drone was found to carry more than 10 photos of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery stationed in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, according to Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The drone was believed to have crashed because it ran short of fuel while returning to North Korea.

Before taking office last month, Moon had said he would try to reach out to North Korea and improve ties badly strained over the North's nuclear and missile programs. The Pentagon has deployed the THAAD to South Korea in effort to assuage fears of US allies in the region as North Korea has continually tested mid- to long-range missiles that could soon be mounted with a nuclear weapon.

Infantino was quoted as saying he would raise the World Cup issue when he meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday.

The South Korean military had not known about the flight until an Inje resident retrieved the drone from a mountain last Thursday at 11 a.m. and reported it to authorities the following day.

The neighbours are technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty.

Denuclearizing North Korea is necessary for not only world peace, but also the South's survival, Moon said.

South Korea co-hosted the World Cup in 2002 with Japan, and the organisers of next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang hope North Korea will take part.

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