Two Koreas hold talks amid US plan to stop war games
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