Efforts to improve inter-Korean relations

Friday, 2018-08-10 12:22:08
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An inter-Korean meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom (photo: Reuters)
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NDO - The Republic of Korea (RoK) Ministry of Unification said on August 9 that RoK and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed to hold a high-level talk next week to review the implementation of agreements reached at the previous high-level inter-Korean meetings and discussed the preparations for a new meeting between the two leaders, according to Reuters, Xinhua and Vietnam News Agency.

Accordingly, the high-level talk will be held on August 13 at the border village of Panmunjom. Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon will lead the RoK delegation to attend the meeting.

* Since the beginning of this year, RoK and DPRK have conducted three high-level talks. At the latest meeting on June 1, the two sides discussed the "quick and systematic" implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration which was made at the high-level inter-Korean summit in April, including the opening of a liaison office in Kaesong city.

* On August 9, the RoK Ministry of Unification said policy makers of the RoK and DPRK are discussing the cooperation to modernise and resume the cross-border railroad. This meeting is scheduled to take place in Paju village, in the south of the inter-Korean border. This will be the second meeting between the officials of the two sides since the first meeting on July 24 in the DPRK city of Kaesong.

* On the same day, the RoK Unification Ministry said the RoK government has allowed a group of athletes to DPRK to attend the international youth football tournament scheduled for next week. The delegation of 151 people, including athletes, reporters and support staff will arrive in Pyongyang today (August 10) to take part in the tournament which will run from August 13-18.

* On August 9, DPRK reiterated its demand for the United States to agree to declare an end to the 1950-1953 Korean War, emphasising that it would help bring in peace and create mutual trust. A article published on Rodong Sinmun, the daily of the DPRK's Workers' Party stated: "The end of the Korean War is a requirement of our time and will be a step forward towards peace and security."