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North accused of pirating Cup coverage

North Korea broadcast the opening match of the FIFA World Cup between hosts South Africa and Mexico on Saturday, despite its lack of broadcasting rights.

Recorded footage of Friday’s game was broadcast via North Korea’s Central Broadcasting Station, prompting South Korean broadcaster SBS, which has the World Cup broadcasting rights for the entire Korean Peninsula, to accuse it of piracy.

“The North’s broadcast was unauthorized. We have the broadcasting rights for the entire Korean Peninsula,” an SBS official said. “The company will decide on measures after determining how North Korea secured the footage.”

Last week, SBS said it had tried to negotiate terms to provide World Cup broadcasts to North Korea. The North, like South Korea, has a team participating in the tournament.

However, SBS said that negotiations ground to a halt amid tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang over the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan on March 26.

Seoul has concluded that a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo that sank the 1,200-ton corvette and killed 46 sailors.

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