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The resumption of inter-Korean talks

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The inter-Korean relations are improving with new enthusiasm and persistence. Seoul and Pyongyang are embracing each other. Not to the much expectations of the world, Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are on the negotiating table once again. It is not merely a symbolic gesture but a real breakthrough.

A high level talk was held at the Peace House in Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between them on 9 January, making a dent in troubled ties between the two rival neighbours and opened up a new channel of communications suspended for two years.

This was the first meeting between the two Koreas after December 2015. Pyongyang had cut off the communication channel in February 2016 following then, South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s closure of the jointly operated the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

Both sides sent a delegation of five members. The North Korean delegation was led by Ri Son-Gwon, Chairman of the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification. The South Korean side was led by Cho Myoung-Gyon, the head of the South Korea’s Unification Ministry. Both neighbours agreed to shun military tensions, to promote reconciliation, to create environment for peace on the Peninsula, to initiate families’ reunion, to engage in cooperation in various fields and to prevent accidental conflicts at the de-militarised border. Both countries also........

© Daily Times