South and North Korea to hold talks next week

    South and North Korea to hold talks next week

    Nov 20, Seoul:  South Korea has accepted North Korea's offer for high-level talks next week, paving the way for their first meeting since the end of an armed standoff in August,  local news reported.

    According to South Korean official news agency Yonhap, the North's government proposed the meeting with the South to be held on November 26 at the truce village on their heavily militarised border.

    The talks would be the first government-level meeting focused on easing tensions between the Cold War rivals since the two sides agreed to improve ties following an armed standoff in August.

    The South has proposed to hold government talks on several occasions following a ceasefire agreement on August 25. The two sides had exchanged artillery fire following land mine blasts at the Demilitarised Zone - the most militarised border in the world, Al Jazeera reported.

    Relations between the neighbours have been all but frozen since the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship, which killed 46 sailors - an incident Seoul blamed on the North.
    The Oslo Times


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