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    An announcement by Visit North Korea has taken many by surprise, as commentators rushed to social media platforms to discuss a sponsorship deal secured by a non-league football club Blyth Spartans of north-east England.

    An agency providing travel advice "with an emphasis on engagement in the world's most secretive country," Visit North Korea was "proud" to announce the new agreement and expressed gratitude for "the chance to support clubs in the North East of England!"

    Expectedly, the unlikely partnership raised eyebrows of football lovers and the general public.

    The travel agency recognized that to some the deal was unusual but assured their followers that it wasn't a political endorsement.

    "North Korea is more just a man, it is a people, a culture, a history. We our mission is hope, peace and co-existence!" the agency said in a tweet.

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    Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), sponsorship, football, United Kingdom
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