North Korea saw off a spirited comeback by South Korea to claim the mixed doubles title in a politically-charged final at the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris on Saturday.
North Korea's Kim Hyok Bong (R) and Kim Jong (L) compete against South Korea's Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook in the mixed doubles final of the World Table Tennis Championships on May 18, 2013 in Paris. North Korea won the title.
But despite the ongoing tensions between the two nations, heightened by North Korea's nuclear test in February and further strained by reports of the North launching three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan earlier on Saturday, the neighbouring countries came together in perfect harmony in the French capital as Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong fended off a dogged recovery by Lee Sangsu and Park Youngsook to prevail 11-6, 11-8, 11-3, 6-11, 8-11, 11-7.
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