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S. Korea not mulling summit with N. Korea yet: minister

All Headlines 16:33 August 27, 2015

SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korea have yet to create the appropriate conditions for another round of summit talks, Seoul's point man on Pyongyang said Thursday.

Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo made clear that it's premature to consider holding an inter-Korean summit anytime soon despite the recent breakthrough deal between the two sides.

"For now, there is nothing considered with regard to a summit," he said at a National Assembly session.

Hong was a member of the so-called two-plus-two negotiations also involving President Park Geun-hye's top security advisor Kim Kwan-jin. Their North Korean counterparts at the rare talks were Hwang Pyong-so, chief military official on political affairs, and Kim Yang-gon, in charge of Pyongyang's daily inter-Korean affairs.

After four-day marathon talks, they produced a six-point agreement Tuesday to avert an armed clash. The two sides agreed to hold additional government-level talks aimed at improving bilateral ties, although a related schedule has not yet been set.

Hong called on the North to take "responsible measures" for its 2010 deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship.

It is a precondition for Seoul to ease or lift a set of tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang, known as the May 24th Measures, he stressed.


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