Olympic torch arrives in North Korea

April 28th, 2008 - 1:41 pm ICT by admin  

Seoul/Pyongyang, April 28 (DPA) The Beijing Olympic torch relay’s latest leg kicked off in the North Korean capital Pyongyang Monday morning, Korean media reported. The torch, to be carried by 80 people on a 20-kilometre route, left after a ceremony in the centre of the city.

It is the first time that the Olympic flame was carried through Pyongyang, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The Olympic flame had been brought to Pyongyang the night before from South Korea on a charter plane.

Protest demonstrations such as the sporadic clashes between pro- and anti-China demonstrators seen in South Korea the day before and other countries are not expected.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Beijing is considered Pyonyang’s last ally.

On Sunday in South Korea members of refugee and human rights groups protested China’s treatment of North Korean refugees and its policies on Tibet.

The Olympic torch relay has met with protests in Paris, London and San Francisco, as it has travelled around the world.

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