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The curious case of North Korea

  • ABC News, Friday, June 18, 2010 4:12 AM

North Korean coach Kim Jong-Hun reportedly claimed he gets "regular tactical advice during matches" from North Korea dictator Kim Jong Il "using mobile phones that are not visible to the naked eye." That's just one in a series of oddball details to emerge from the country's first appearance at the World Cup tournament in 44 years.

There are reports that the North Korean government hired hundreds of Chinese nationals to sit in the stands and cheer on the North Koreans in their game against Brazil on Tuesday because North Koreans can't afford to attend a World Cup.

Striker Jong Tae-se,  caught on camera weeping as the North Korean anthem played before the game, was born and raised in Japan to South Korean parents and has never lived in North Korea. Each time he plays for the North Korea, he goes to the North Korean embassy in Tokyo and turns in his South Korean passport for a North Korean one.

The North Koreans turned heads for using a public health club for workouts (VIDEO).

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