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North Korea: Tourists swell the appearance of a marathon in Pyongyang



  International runners cross the Pyongyang marathon starting line, waving crowds at Kim II Sun's stadium

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International runners cross the starting line at Kim Il Sung Stadium

Twice the number of foreign runners competing in a Sunday marathon in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang compared with last year, say travel agencies.

About 950 western people entered the annual race, compared with 450 in 201

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The political tensions have lasted in recent months, which has led to an increase in tourism, although the regime remains one of the most repressive in the world.

the prohibition of a trip to North Korea still exists after the student's death in 2017.

Why do visitors want to have a North Korean marathon? North Korea, Kim Il Sung, in 1912.

Tourists run through a strictly controlled capital, encouraging the North, lined up on the streets.

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Foreign competitor talking with child on the roadside in Pyongyang

The West attracts so-called marathon racers – tourists who run various races around the world.

Jasmine Barrett, an australian who is marathon for the third time, said that she is constantly returning to see smiles on children's children. "

" I will definitely recommend it to others because it is a great way to see the city and people who live there, "she told AFP.

There were no American runners due to the prohibition of tourism of the death of American student Otto Warmba two years ago and was detained in 2015 after the alleged theft of a propaganda mark.

Pyongyang's authorities turned 22-year-old to the United States in a coma in 2017, and he died p After a few days

Colin Crouch, a British ambassador to North Korea, was one of the runners, writing that "the atmosphere at the stadium was great."

What is the state of relations between the United States and North Korea?

North Korea was the subject of a number of US and international sanctions on the development of nuclear weapons and missile tests in Pyongyang 2018 after North Korea launched a series of missiles

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shared threats and images by raising political tension, to reach ing a common agreement in the negotiations later this year.

After the unsuccessful second summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea in Hanoi in February this year, US officials insisted that diplomacy is still "alive." Last month, the North came out of the Inter-Korean Office of Communications, which was opened against the backdrop of the winters of 2018 to facilitate negotiations with the South.


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