After missile tests, NKorea's Asian Cup qualifier postponed

People watch a TV news program showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, published in the country's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 15, 2017. North Korea said Monday the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. A jubilant leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that North Korean weapons could strike the U.S. mainland and Pacific holdings. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea's match against Malaysia in 2019 Asian Cup qualifying has been postponed a second time amid new missile tests by the host nation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — North Korea's match against Malaysia in 2019 Asian Cup qualifying has been postponed a second time amid new missile tests by the host nation.

The Asian Football Confederation says the June 8 game, itself postponed from March 28, could be played on Oct. 5.

Still, the AFC did not commit to playing in Pyongyang. A neutral venue could be ordered.

The Asian soccer body cited security risks caused by "geo-political tension on the Korean Peninsula" for the latest postponement.

The first delay followed rising diplomatic tensions between North Korea and Malaysia during an investigation into the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother in Kuala Lumpur.

The teams are in a four-nation Asian Cup qualifying group that also includes Lebanon and Hong Kong.

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