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South Korea for Resuming Talks with North Korea
Jan 08, 2015

South Korea proposed to resume stalled talks with North Korea. South Korea’s unification minister said the South Korea had sent a letter to North seeking negotiations, which it hopes to hold in January and would cover issues including reunions for families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean war and possible co-operation projects.

South Korea said that we will not have any particular agenda, but our position is to discuss everything that South and North have mutual interests. It is to be noted here that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japan.

A delegation of high-level North Korean officials made a surprise visit in October 2014 to the closing ceremony of the Asian Games hosted by the South Korea, and promised to reopen dialogue between the two. However, the two sides failed to hold follow-up talks as tension persisted, with the North lashing out at the South over anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets sent to the North via balloon by activist groups.

Military officials from North and South Korea met in October to discuss border altercations, including exchanges of fire, but they did not resolve their differences. South Korea imposed a broad set of sanctions on North Korea in 2010 following the sinking of a South Korean corvette that killed 46 sailors. South Korea blamed the North, while latter denied it was responsible, and the issue has been an obstacle to re-engagement ever since.

South Korea would explain to the North its inter-Korean cooperation plans, including a peace park at the demilitarized zone, and seeking a fresh round of reunions for families separated by the Korean War before the Lunar New Year holidays in February.

The two Koreas have remained technically at war for more than six decades as the Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Kim Jong Un Open to Talks: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un proposed the highest-level talks with South Korea, opening the way to a historic summit as his communist country battles to fend off international prosecution over its dismal human rights record. The sudden move would clear the path for the first top-level inter-Korean meeting since a 2007 summit in Pyongyang. Kim said depending on the mood and circumstances to be created, we have no reason not to hold the highest-level talks.


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