Seoul, Pyongyang resume talks to implement summit agreements

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Panmunjom, June 1 (IANS) A high-level meeting took place between North Korea and South Korea on Friday to discuss steps to implement the agreement reached by their leaders in the April 27 and May 26 summits.

In the meeting, North Korea proposed holding joint events in South Korea to mark the anniversary of the two Koreas’ first-ever summit in 2000, a Unification Ministry official said.

South Korea also proposed opening a liaison office in the North Korean border city of Kaesong as the first step to implement the agreements reached in the April 27 summit, reports Yonhap news agency.

The North shared the need to open such an office as soon as possible, according to the official.

The morning session of the meeting, that started at 10 a.m. at Panmunjom, ended after less than an hour. Both the Koreas will resume their talks in the afternoon.

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“The two sides exchanged broad ideas with regard to schedules for talks in each sector, joint events to mark the June 15 summit (held in 2000) and the (opening of) a liaison office. After reviewing each other’s proposals, they agreed to meet again. There appear to be no big differences in their stances,” a ministry official said.

The talks were originally scheduled for May 16, but North Korea abruptly called it off at the last minute, taking issue with joint military drills between South Korea and the US.

In an apparently hastily arranged second inter-Korean summit last week, the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to hold high-level talks on June 1.

–IANS

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