North South to talk: North South Agree Talks
Published: November 21, 2015
North South to talk: North South Agree Talks, North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks next week as part of efforts to resume a high-level dialogue between the two governments.
Pyongyang’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula, which handles North-South ties, on Thursday proposed the talks.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry on Friday said it accepted the offer, noting the talks would take place November 26 at the Panmunjom border village.
The working-level talks are aimed at preparing for government-level negotiations that were agreed to in August in a landmark deal to improve ties.
That deal ended a standoff over a landmine incident that wounded two South Korean soldiers near the heavily guarded border separating the two countries.
As part of the deal, Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to high-level talks. They also agreed to resume reunions of families separated by their 1950s conflict.
Since then, South Korea has proposed several times to hold talks, but the North rejected the offers, according to the South’s Unification Ministry.
North-South relations are notoriously unstable. The two countries remain in a technical state of war, since the Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty.
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