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The marathon started in the Kim Il-sung stadium before wending its way past major landmarks in North Korea's capital, such as Kim Il-sung Square and the new development project, Mirae Street. North Korean Ri Kang-bom won the men's full marathon in two hours, 12 minutes and 53 seconds. Image caption North Koreans turned out to cheer on competitors in Pyongyang "I'm glad that I was able to fulfil the expectations of the people," Mr Ri said. Professional runners, including 13 competitors from African countries, ran in this elite category. The women's full marathon was won by North Korea's Kim Hye-gyong with a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 24 seconds. Her twin sister, Kim Hye-song, came a close second. Image caption Kim Hye-gyong, right, narrowly beat her twin Kim Hye-song in the women's professional marathon The race is officially named the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon. Both the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and the International Association of Athletic Federations accredited this year's race, with the latter classifying it as a Bronze Label Road Race. Pyongyang began allowing foreign amateurs to run in 2014, and the event has since boosted tourism. Image caption There were 429 foreign amateurs competing in Pyongyang's annual marathon this year, less than half 2017's number Tensions between the US and North Korea seem to have weighed on prospective entrants minds, but recent moves by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to calm the situation on the Korean peninsula - especially since the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February - appears to have dispelled some competitors' fears.
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Ready to inspect North Korea’s nuclear programme: IAEA Ready to inspect North Korea’s nuclear programme: IAEA North Korea dismantled the Punggye Ri nuclear test site last month under coverage of foreign journalists. By: IANS | Vienna | Published: June 5, 2018 8:02 AM The UN nuclear agency has said it is ready to inspect the nuclear programme of North Korea, if it is authorised to play an essential role in the issue after a political deal is reached. The UN nuclear agency has said it is ready to inspect the nuclear programme of North Korea, if it is authorised to play an essential role in the issue after a political deal is reached. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told reporters on Monday that his team is ready to carry out the nuclear inspection in North Korea, but the inspection should be under a political agreement among states concerned, Xinhua reported. North Korea dismantled the Punggye Ri nuclear test site last month under coverage of foreign journalists. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are scheduled to meet on June 12 in Singapore. If a possible political agreement could be reached, IAEA might be authorised to get access to North Korea nuclear site to carry out verification task. Amano said his team could travel to North Korea within weeks after IAEA is authorized to play the role. North Korea claimed it successfully carried out four nuclear weapon tests in the past 10 years or so. The IAEA currently has no nuclear inspector in North Korea which withdrew its membership of the IAEA in 1994. Therefore, the agency could only get the information of North Korea’s nuclear plan from satellites or by other means.
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