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(3rd LD) Koreas agree to cooperate to protect forestry against blight, insects

All Headlines 22:49 July 04, 2018

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SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) -- The two Koreas agreed Wednesday to cooperate on protecting their forests along the inter-Korean border and other areas from damage caused by blight and harmful insects.

They also agreed to conduct on-site inspections of those areas together this month while at the same time exchanging the technology and know-how needed to grow and protect their forests.

The agreements were reached after marathon inter-Korean working-level talks held on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom to discuss cooperation in the forestry sector.

South Korea's delegation was led by Ryu Kwang-soo, vice minister of the Korea Forest Service. His counterpart was Kim Song-jun, a senior official at the North's ministry of environmental protection.

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