SEOUL, July 2 (UPI) -- South Korean basketball players will hold a joint basketball match with North Korean players in Pyongyang from Wednesday to Thursday.
The South Korean team of men and women professional players left for Pyongyang on Tuesday on a military plane from Seongnam, south of Seoul, Yonhap reported. South Korean government officials and journalists also accompanied.
The joint basketball game is held for the first time in more than a decade since the last one in the North Korean capital in 2003. It's the fourth game in basketball exchanges between the North and South. The first two matches took place in Pyongyang and Seoul in 1999, according to Edaily.
"As Pyeongchang Winter Olympics laid the foundation for peace on the Korean peninsula, I hope the basketball match will further accelerate the process for peace," said Cho Myoung-gyon, Unification Minister to reporters prior to his departure, Yonhap reported.
At the North-South summit in April, Kim also suggested to South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he would like to invite South Korean basketball players to play with players in the North.
South and North Korean basketball athletes will hold a set of four matches from Wednesday to Thursday.