Two Koreas hold talks amid US plan to stop war games

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

SEOUL: North and South Korea held mil­i­tary talks for the first time since 2007 yes­ter­day as twostar gen­er­als from both sides met.

The talks in the bor­der vil­lage of Pan­munjom fol­lowed on from an in­ter­Korean sum­mit in April at which lead­ers of the two Koreas agreed to defuse ten­sions and cease ‘‘all hos­tile acts’’.

The talks came two days af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he would stop ‘‘ex­pen­sive, provoca­tive’’ war games with the South, fol­low­ing his sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore with North Korean leader Kim Jong­un.

The mil­i­tary talks had been slated for May but were post­poned af­ter the North called off an­other planned high­level meet­ing in protest against US­South Korean air com­bat ex­er­cises.

The process was put back on track dur­ing a sur­prise sec­ond sum­mit early this month be­tween Kim and South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae­in.

Ahn Il­san, the North’s chief del­e­gate, said the two sides should over­come fu­ture ob­sta­cles based on mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and the spirit of the in­ter­Korean sum­mit.

Kim Do­gyun, the South’s lead ne­go­tia­tor, said be­fore the talks that he and Ahn would ex­plore ways to ease mil­i­tary ten­sions and the sched­ule of a min­is­te­rial meet­ing.

The men were also ex­pected to dis­cuss the planned es­tab­lish­ment of a hot­line be­tween the two mil­i­taries. — Reuters

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