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Russia welcomes upcoming Koreas' talks

ANI  |  Moscow [Russia] 

on Sunday welcomed the upcoming high-level talks between arch-rivals and and said that it was 'a promising step' taken.

Russia's Foreign Ministry's told news agency: "We welcome the first contacts between and We believe that the direct dialogue will facilitate de-escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula".

and on Friday have agreed to sit down next week to discuss ways to cooperate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which is to be held next month.

According to news agency, had issued a notification to that it had accepted the offer to hold talks on next Tuesday at a truce village called Panmunjom, located just across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

This decision was taken following North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's re-conciliatory New Year message in a televised address to the nation.

South Korean Moon Jae-in will hope that the next week's bilateral talks with their arch-rivals could pave way for the de-nuclearisation and peace across the

on Wednesday welcomed the talks between the two Koreas and has appreciated their effort to use as a platform for improving ties. It also called on all parties to see the positive side of the upcoming high-level talks between the two Koreas.

Also, North Korea re-opened the suspended inter-Korean communication hotline with South Korea, after it was closed down in February 2016.

is scheduled to take place at South Korea's Pyeongchang from February 9-25.

The upcoming high-level talks come amid the increasing tension between the two countries as seized a Hong Kong-flagged tanker returning after allegedly transferring to North Korea a few days ago.

North Korea is also under tough international sanctions over the launch of three intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and other nuclear tests last year.

The two countries are separated by the world's most heavily militarised border since the Korean War ended in 1953.

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First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 23:20 IST