- South Korea expressed regret on Friday over North Korea's "unilateral" withdrawal of its proposal to send cheerleaders to accompany its athletes at next month's Asian Games.
"We feel regretful over North Korea's unilateral announcement," Unification Ministry spokesman Lim Byeong-Cheol said.
"There is no change in our basic position that we will welcome North Korean cheerleaders... but we will respect their decision," he said.
Lim refuted accusations by Son Kwang-Ho, vice-head of the North's Olympic Committee, that Seoul was not happy with the dispatch of North Korean cheerleaders.
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