NKorea striker hopes move south will mend ties

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2013 at 2:19 am •  Published: January 8, 2013

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North Korea striker Jong Tae Se hopes his signing with a South Korean club will improve ties between the rival Koreas.

The 27-year-old arrived Tuesday in South Korea to sign with the Suwon Samsung Bluewings. The team acquired Jong from German club Cologne for €300,000 ($393,000). He played for North Korea at the 2010 World Cup and is best known North Korean to play in the South.

Jong says he wants to act as an on-field ambassador for both countries. Relations between the neighbors deteriorated following attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.

Jong was born and raised in Japan but holds a North Korean passport. South Korean league officials say Jong is the fourth such player to join the K-League.

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