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(2nd LD) Koreas agree to hold military dialogue, family reunion talks this month

All Headlines 18:44 June 01, 2018

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PANMUNJOM, Korea, June 1 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) -- The two Koreas agreed Friday to hold general-level military talks on June 14 at the truce village of Panmunjom as part of efforts to ease tensions between the two countries.

They also agreed to hold a Red Cross meeting on June 22 at the North's Mount Kumgang resort to discuss holding a reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

The agreements were made during high-level talks held at the border truce village to discuss steps to implement agreements reached during a April 27 summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"South and North Korea agreed to take substantive steps to advance inter-Korean relations in a proactive and significant manner and to usher in a new era for reconciliation, peace and prosperity," they said in a joint press statement.

The two sides also agreed to open a liaison office in the North's border town of Kaesong at an early date. They will have working-level contacts for that matter.

To arrange joint events to celebrate the anniversary of their first-ever summit held on June 15, 2000, they promised to keep holding discussions through exchanges of documents.

They also agreed to hold talks on June 18 to discuss sports cooperation ahead of the upcoming Asian Games.

They pledged to have further discussion on possible reconnection of railways and roads between the two countries, cooperation in the forestry area and a decision on the date for working-level talks to prepare for performances planned by the North's art troupe in the South this fall.

They, however, did not set the date for their next round of high-level talks, saying that the schedule will be determined in consideration of other working-level discussions.

Friday's talks were the third high-level meeting between the two Koreas since January, when Kim extended an olive branch after years of provocations expressing intent to join the February Winter Olympics.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon led South Korea's five-member delegation, which included Vice Transport Minister Kim Jeong-ryeol and Vice Culture Minister Roh Tae-kang.

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

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