Koreas begin high-level talks to improve ties

(From Yonhap)

South and North Korea kicked off high-level talks Friday on ways to mend frayed ties following heightened cross-border military tensions in August, government officials said.

Vice Unification Minister Hwang Boo-gi (C) speaks to reporters in Seoul before leaving for North Korea's border city of Kaesong for high-level talks with North Korea

Vice Unification Minister Hwang Boo-gi (C) speaks to reporters in Seoul before leaving for North Korea’s border city of Kaesong for high-level talks with North Korea

The vice-ministerial talks began at around 10.40 am at a joint industrial complex in the North’s border city of Kaesong as part of efforts to implement an inter-Korean deal in August on defusing tension.

The agenda for the talks has not been revealed publicly, but the rival Koreas are likely to discuss various pending issues including the reunions of families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War and the resumption of a suspended joint tour program.

“We hope that various pending issues could be discussed smoothly through consultation,” Vice Unification Minister Hwang Boo-gi, Seoul’s chief delegate, said at the start of the talks.

Jon Jong-su, the North’s chief negotiator, called for mutual efforts to bring warmth to the icy relations between the two Koreas. Read More



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