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Koreas to hold high-level talks on Wednesday

IANS  |  Seoul 

North and South have agreed to hold high-level talks on May 16 to discuss ways to enforce the Panmunjom Declaration, said on Tuesday.

The officials from both sides would meet in the Panmunjom border village in the Peace House inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, quoted a statement as saying.

The was announced on April 27, after the third and historical between South Korean Moon Jae-in and top North Korean leader

In the declaration, they agreed to complete denuclearisation and the alteration of the current armistice agreement to a peace treaty by the end of 2018.

The two leaders had agreed to hold senior-level talks to discuss follow-up measures to enforce the declaration. The had remained technically at war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in armistice.

had proposed for the dialogue on Monday, but wanted it on Wednesday, which has now been agreed upon.

The five-member North delegation, led by Ri Son-gwon, of the will include railway, sports and inter-Korean economic cooperation officials.

The South Korean delegation will be headed by

Under the Panmunjom Declaration, the two Koreas agreed to connect and modernise railways and roads in the east transport corridor and between and in North

They also agreed to encourage exchanges, cooperation, visits and contacts at all levels to raise the sense of national reconciliation and unity.

To resolve humanitarian issues, the two sides would hold a reunion of families separated across the border around the August 15 Liberation Day, when the was liberated from Japanese colonial from 1910-45.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 10:32 IST