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2 Koreas to discuss North’s participation in Olympics
    2018-January-9  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SOUTH KOREA and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will discuss issues of mutual concern, including military and humanitarian issues, which South Korea raised last year, during the upcoming high-level talks, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said yesterday.

Unification Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun told a press briefing that the upcoming dialogue will first focus on the DPRK’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The 2018 Winter Olympics was scheduled for Feb. 9-25 at South Korea’s county of PyeongChang in the eastern Gangwon province. The Winter Paralympic Games will run March 9-18 at the same venue.

Issues of mutual concern to improve inter-Korean relations would be on the dialogue agenda, such as urgent issues that South Korea proposed in July last year to discuss, the spokesman said.

The Moon Jae-in government of South Korea, which was inaugurated in May last year, offered to hold military talks with the DPRK to stop any hostile act near the military demarcation line (MDL) dividing the two Koreas.

Those issues would be discussed during the senior-level dialogue, which the two Koreas agreed last week to hold today at Peace House in the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom.

Issues that the DPRK was expected to raise during the upcoming talks could be the South Korea-U.S. joint annual war games. South Korean President Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed last week that the two allies would not conduct the springtime war games.

The DPRK could demand the halt of the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises this year in return for Pyongyang’s suspension of provocation to keep the inter-Korean dialogue mood alive. Other issues, which Pyongyang was forecast to put on the dialogue agenda, could be the resumption of tours to Mount Kumgang and the reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

The inter-Korean industrial zone in the DPRK’s border town of Kaesong was closed down by South Korea in February 2016 in response to Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test in the previous month.

The tourism project to the DPRK’s scenic resort of Mount Kumgang, launched in 1998, has been suspended since a South Korean female tourist was shot dead in July 2008 by a DPRK soldier after allegedly venturing into an off-limit area.

(Xinhua)

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