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S. Korea, DPRK to hold 2nd high-level talks Friday

English.news.cn   2014-02-13 16:46:21
 • South Korea and the DPRK have agreed to hold the second round of high-level talks Friday.
 • Seoul and Pyongyang held the first senior-level talks in about seven years Wednesday.
 • But five-member delegates from both sides ended the dialogue without any agreement.

 

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to hold the second round of high-level talks Friday at the border village of Panmunjeom, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Thursday.

The two Koreas will begin the second dialogue between high- ranking officials at 10 a.m. local time Friday in the Peace House, an administrative building in the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, according to the Unification Ministry.

Seoul and Pyongyang held the first senior-level talks in about seven years Wednesday, but five-member delegates from both sides ended the dialogue without any agreement.

At around midday, the DPRK sent South Korea a notice through the liaison office in Panmunjeom, proposing to resume the high- level, inter-governmental talks from 3 p.m. Thursday.

While agreeing to the resumption, Seoul said in response that there was not enough time to restart the talks on Thursday and offered to resume the dialogue Friday. Pyongyang agreed to the counter proposal, the ministry said.

Delegations will be led by the same figures as in the first round of talks. South Korea's chief delegate will be Kim Kyou-hyun, deputy director of the presidential national security office and former vice foreign minister. The DPRK delegation will be headed by Won Dong-yon, deputy head of the United Front Department of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

During Wednesday's talks, the DPRK delegation called on South Korea to delay its joint military exercises with the United States to dates after the agreed family reunion.

Seoul and Pyongyang agreed last week to hold reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War from Feb. 20 to 25 at DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said Monday that combined forces of South Korea and the United States will carry out the "Key Resolve" and "Foal Eagle" war games from Feb. 24 to April 18, which overlap for two days with the family reunion event.

Defense Ministry Spokesman Kim Min-seok told a routine press briefing Thursday that the joint military exercises will be conducted as planned, saying that it was not appropriate to link the humanitarian event to the military drills for national security.

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Two Koreas end high-level talks; DPRK calls for delay of S. Korea-U.S. military drills

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) called for South Korea to delay the joint military exercises with the United States to dates after the agreed family reunion during the senior-level talks held at the border village of Panmunjeom, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Thursday.

Five-member delegations from both sides began their first high- level, inter-governmental dialogue in about seven years around 10 a.m. Wednesday local time at the Peace House, an administrative building in the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom. Full story

ROK, DPRK end high-level talks without major progress

BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have ended senior-level talks, the first in almost seven years, without making any major progress.

The talks, held at the border village of Panmunjeom on Wednesday, lasted over 12 hours. The two delegations were headed by vice-ministerial level officials. Full story

Editor: Lu Hui
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