N and S Korea hold talks to ease tensions

    N and S Korea hold talks to ease tensions

    Dec 11, Seoul: Aiming to ease tensions between two countries, North and South Korea have held high-level talks at a N Korean border town on Friday. The talks also aims at improving ties that degenerated after a military standoff in August.

    Hwang Boo-gi, South Korea's vice unification minister and the head negotiator, met his North Korean counterpart at the jointly run industrial park just over the border in the North's Kaesong city, local media reported.

    Yonhap News Agency reported that South Korean officials want to discuss more reunions in the border town of Panmunjom between ageing family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

    Friday's talks arise from an exchange of artillery fire across the militarised zone in August which prompted a prolonged session of high-level talks between the two rivals.

    That led to deal which mandated that they should have regular contact, and Friday's meeting is the first in that process.

    There is speculation North Korea might seek the South's commitment to restart joint tours to its scenic Diamond Mountain resort, which were suspended by the South in 2008 following the shooting death of a South Korean tourist there by a North Korean soldier, media reports said.

    The Oslo Times


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