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India welcomes engagement between two Koreas: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Welcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, today said any solution to the Peninsula must address concerns about Pyongyang's proliferation linkages.

also hoped that the engagement between the two countries would help reduce tensions and pave the way for peace in the peninsula.

"We hope that the engagement between the two sides will help in reducing tensions and pave the way for bringing lasting peace and reconciliation in the Peninsula," told reporters.

The countries had two days ago held high-level talks at Panmunjom, a village located in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, amid escalating tension in the region following a series of ballistic missile tests by North Korea. The missiles have the capability to strike the US mainland, according to

The talks were the first high-level engagement between the two countries after December 2015.

"supports efforts to bring about peace, stability, reconciliation, de-nuclearisation and reunification of the peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy," Kumar said.

At the same time, he said any solution to the regional problem must also take into account and address concerns about the proliferation linkages of North Korea's nuclear and missile programme.

There were reports that had proliferation linkages with

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 19:45 IST