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North and South Korea to hold bilateral talks after two years on Jan 9

On January 5, Pyongyang accepted Seoul's proposal of holding the meeting on to discuss sending North Korean athletes to the Winter Olympics

IANS  |  Seoul 

Flags of North and South Korea. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Flags of North and South Korea. (Photo: Shutterstock)

North and have agreed on the composition of the delegations which will participate in the first high-level meeting on Tuesday between the two countries after over two years, the Unification Ministry said here on Sunday.

informed of its five-member delegation earlier in the day, which will be led by Ri Son-gwon, head of his country's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), reports Efe news.

On Saturday, had proposed a delegation led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and four other members.

On January 5, accepted Seoul's proposal of holding the meeting in Panmunjom on to discuss sending North Korean athletes to the Winter Olympics, to be held in South Korea's Pyeongchang county in February, as well as discussing a general improvement in relations.

The decision came after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed a desire for rapprochement with the South and to send a delegation to participate in the Pyeongchang games, making and Washington postpone their annual joint military drill.

North Korea's participation in Pyeongchang and a rapprochement between the two Koreas could contribute to easing regional tensions caused by Pyongyang's consistent ballistic weapons tests and US President Donald Trump's belligerent rhetoric throughout 2017.

 

First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 17:42 IST
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