South Korea takes swipe at North over flag

February 15, 2008

SINGAPORE, Feb 15 (Reuters) - South Korea's soccer chief has taken a swipe at North Korea for refusing to allow the South's flag and national anthem to be used at next month's World Cup qualifier between the two countries.

'There is no reason why North Korea cannot raise South Korea's flag and play our anthem,' Chung Mong-joon said, according to the Yonhap news agency. 'South Korea has allowed North Korea to raise its flag and play its anthem when the two sides played in the South.'

North Korea wants to use a unified flag and joint anthem, like at the Olympics, although FIFA rules stipulate each country must have their own.