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Academics, Experts from Two Koreas and the US to Meet Next Week Updated: 2011-10-11 12:00:00 KST

Academics, Experts from Two Koreas and the US to Meet Next Week
Scholars and experts from the two Koreas and the United States will gather at The University of Georgia next week to talk about issues related to the Korean Peninsula.
According to the University's Center for the Study of Global Issues, a number of North Korean officials will also attend a four-day civilian-level conference starting on October 17th.
From South Korea, ruling Grand National Party representative Won Hee-ryong, main opposition Democratic Party representative Park Joo-sun and academics will participate, while experts from the US Congress are expected to come.
Although there won't be any inter-governmental discussions, organizers are hopeful that the forum will help keep the dialogue momentum after recent denuclearization talks between the two Koreas, as well as between the North and the US.
And in a move thought to reflect its recently pledged flexibility towards the North, the South Korean government, on Tuesday, resumed facility construction of seven domestic businesses at the inter-Korean Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
The construction projects were halted in May of last year, when Seoul implemented economic and trade sanctions on Pyeongyang for sinking the South's warship Cheonan.
Seoul also plans to repair a road for workers at the business park that links them to Gaeseong city, expand shuttle bus services, and build a fire station and an emergency medical center within the complex.
The South's Unification Ministry, however, stresses that the suspended initiatives will resume to assist South Korean firms that were negatively affected by the sanctions, adding that new investments at Gaeseong will still be restricted.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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