N. Korea Agrees to Send Athletes to Winter Olympics, Hold Military Talks

Write : 2018-01-09 21:16:38 Update : 2018-01-09 21:49:32

N. Korea Agrees to Send Athletes to Winter Olympics, Hold Military Talks

North Korea has agreed to send athletes, cheerleaders and journalists to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea next month. South and North Korea also agreed to hold inter-Korean military talks to ease military tension on the Korean Peninsula. 

The two sides adopted a three-point agreement after marathon high-level talks held at the truce village of Panmunjeom on Tuesday.  The agreement also stipulates that both sides will resolve Korean affairs on their own.

The two sides agreed to hold follow-up talks to discuss North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics. 

The two Koreas also agreed to hold contacts and exchanges in various fields and more high-level talks to promote inter-Korean relationship. They agreed to discuss the venue and time for a second round of high-level talks through a hotline at Panmunjeom.
 
However, the agreement did not include South Korea's request to hold Red Cross talks to organize reunions of families separated by the Korean War around the Lunar New Year’s Day in mid-February.
 
The talks were attended by a five-member delegation each led by South Korea’s Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon and Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, the North’s organization in charge of inter-Korean affairs.

The talks began at 10 a.m. at the Peace House on the southern side of the truce village and wrapped up at 8:42 p.m.
 
The meeting, coming amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula due to North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations, was the first high-level dialogue between the two sides in 23 months.

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