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N. Korea sends delegation list for military talks with S. Korea

All Headlines 12:12 June 12, 2018

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Tuesday sent the South the list of members of its delegation to this week's inter-Korean military talks, Seoul's defense ministry said.

The five-member delegation to be led by Lieutenant General An Ik-san will attend the general-level talks scheduled for Thursday, according to the ministry. An is known to have been involved in such a meeting in 2004.

The North's list was sent via the communication channel at the truce village of Panmunjom at around 9:20 a.m., the ministry said.

It came a day after the South sent the roster for its own five-member delegation to be led by Major General Kim Do-gyun, who handles inter-Korean affairs at the ministry. He is said to be accompanied by four other officials from the defense and unification ministries.

The general-grade talks are set to be held in Tongilgak, a North Korea-controlled building at Panmunjom, in line with the April 27 inter-Korean summit declaration, which calls for joint efforts to alleviate military tensions.

The two countries held their last general-grade talks in December 2007. They have not met since then amid strained ties over the North's nuclear and missile provocations.

The military talks, initially slated for May, were postponed when Pyongyang abruptly canceled bilateral high-level talks in protest at the annual South Korea-U.S. air force drills.

In a meeting of high-level officials on June 1, the two Koreas agreed to hold such talks this week to ease military tensions and arrange a meeting of their defense ministers.

It is expected that the two sides will touch on less sensitive areas during their first talks in about 10 years, such as fully recovering cross-border military communication lines, holding military talks on a regular basis and establishing a hotline between their military leaders.

They could also discuss recovery of the remains of fallen soldiers from the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the two Koreas, an issue that South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently promised to push for now that ties with North Korea are improving.

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