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Officials of Koreas hold liaison office meeting after N.K. leader's address

All Headlines 15:36 January 04, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- Senior officials of South and North Korea met at their joint liaison office on Friday to discuss inter-Korean issues, the first such meeting since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's speech, the unification ministry said.

Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, South Korea's chief for the liaison office, met with Kim Kwang-song, a deputy chief on the North Korean side, for about 20 minutes, according to the ministry.

They discussed pending cross-border issues and agreed to work together in advancing inter-Korean relations and bringing lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula, a ministry official said.

The meeting through the liaison office located in the North's border town of Kaesong marked the first of its kind since the North Korean leader delivered his New Year's speech.

In the address, Kim reaffirmed his commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and expressed his hope for more active cross-border cooperation. He expressed a willingness to resume two major inter-Korean projects in particular, including the now-shuttered industrial complex in Kaesong.

The two Koreas launched the liaison office in September for round-the-clock communication and agreed to hold a meeting every week between Chun and his North Korean counterpart Jon Chong-su. In Jon's absence, his deputies would attend the meeting.

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