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(4th LD) N. Korea proposes holding joint events in South to mark 2000 summit

All Headlines 12:13 June 01, 2018

(ATTN: RECASTS throughout with updated info)

PANMUNJOM, Korea, June 1 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) -- North Korea on Friday 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 by their leaders in the April 27 summit. The North shared the need to open such an office as soon as possible, according to the official.

The proposals were exchanged at inter-Korean talks at the truce village of Panmunjom in the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas. Its morning session ended after less than an hour and they are to resume talks in the afternoon.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon is leading South Korea's five-member delegation, including Vice Transport Minister Kim Jeong-ryeol and Vice Culture Minster Roh Tae-kang.

The North's five-member team is being headed by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country. It also includes Vice Railroad Minister Kim Yun-hyok and Vice Sports Minister Won Kil-u.

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