Koreas to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tions

Irish Examiner - - World News - Kim Tong-hyung

The ri­val Koreas have agreed to fully re­store their cross­bor­der com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines af­ter hold­ing rare high-level mil­i­tary talks on re­duc­ing ten­sions.

The mil­i­tary of­fi­cials also dis­cussed tem­po­rar­ily dis­arm­ing an area in their jointly con­trolled truce vil­lage of where sol­diers from the North and South stand sev­eral feet from each other across the de­mar­ca­tion line that di­vides their coun­tries. It was not clear whether North Korean of­fi­cials brought up the South’s mil­i­tary drills with the US in the talks at Pan­munjom.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said af­ter his sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday that the al­lies should stop the war games while nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions are be­ing held in “good faith”.

South Korea’s pres­i­den­tial of­fice has said it is try­ing to dis­cern Mr Trump’s mean­ing and intent, but also that the al­lies should ex­plore var­i­ous ways to “fur­ther fa cil­i­tate” di­a­logue with the North.

Seoul’s De­fence Min­istry said the mil­i­tary talks fo­cused on im­ple­ment­ing the agree­ment satan ear­lier sum­mit be­tween Mr Kim and South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in, in which they vowed to re­duce mil­i­tary ten­sions and elim­i­nate the dan­ger of war.

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