Seoul, Pyongyang to finalise talks details

Seoul, Nov 26 (IANS) South Korea and North Korea are set to hold a working-level contact on Thursday to discuss the details — timing, venue and agenda — for inter-governmental talks.

The preparatory meeting for a ministerial-level dialogue will take place at the Tongil House, an administrative building on the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom, Xinhua news agency reported.

The three-member South Korean delegation is led by Kim Ki-Woong, chief of the unification ministry’s special office for inter-Korean talks.

His North Korean counterpart is Hwang Chol, a director of the secretariat at the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea in charge of inter-Korean affairs.

“I’ll do my best to sincerely implement the agreements reached during the high-level talks (in August),” Kim said.

During the meeting, the two sides will discuss the timing, venue, agenda and the rank of representatives for inter-governmental talks, which the two Koreas agreed in August to hold in Seoul or Pyongyang at an earliest date possible.

The last ministerial-level talks between the two Koreas were held in Pyongyang from February 27 to March 2 in 2007 and in Seoul from May 29 to June 1 in the same year.

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