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(LEAD) N. Korean officials return to liaison office: official

North Korea 14:43 March 25, 2019

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SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea restored some personnel to an inter-Korean liaison office in its border city of Kaesong on Monday, a unification ministry official said, just three days after the regime withdrew all its staff from there.

Four or five North Korean officials returned to the office earlier in the day and held a meeting with their South Korean counterparts, according to the ministry official.

Their return came after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that he ordered the withdrawal of new sanctions on North Korea, possibly signaling an intention to continue denuclearization negotiations with the regime.

On Friday, North Korea abruptly pulled its staff from the liaison office, saying that the decision was based on an order from "higher-ups." It did not provide clear reasons for the withdrawal.

kokobj@yna.co.kr
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