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Two Koreas to hold high-level meeting on Wednesday

Updated: 2014-02-11 16:02:22 (KST)
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The two Koreas will meet for high-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom tomorrow morning.

The meeting comes just days ahead of a round reunions for families separated since the Korean War.
For details, we have our unification ministry correspondent Hwang Sung-hee on the line.
Sung-hee, fill us in.

South Korea's Ministry of Unification announced just an hour ago that the two Koreas will meet for a round of high-level talks on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Kim Kyou-hyun, the head of Cheong Wa Dae's National Security Council secretariat, will head the South Korean delegation and Won Dong-yon, deputy head of the United Front Department of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, will lead the North Korean delegation.
The ministry said, however, the two sides have not set a specific agenda on what will be discussed at the meeting.
Let's listen in.


"There are no fixed agenda items for the meeting, but both sides are expected to discuss key issues such as the upcoming family reunions and whether the reunions can be held on a regular basis."


The meeting was proposed by North Korea on Saturday and the two sides have been fine-tuning the details for the talks until this afternoon.
An official at the unification ministry said that the North asked for a representative from South Korea's presidential office to attend the meeting.
The two Koreas had agreed to hold a round of high-level talks last year, which was cancelled at the last minute.

Sung-hee, we also saw reports that North Korea's Mount Kumgang, the site of the upcoming family reunions, has been hit with heavy snowfall.
Will that affect next week's reunion event?

An official at the unification ministry told reporters that Mount Kumgang has reportedly seen over two meters of snow as of Monday.
A South Korean delegation left for the North this morning to inspect the site, after holding an emergency meeting on Monday night.
Nine snowplows are working around the clock to clear the site in time for the reunion event slated for February 20th to the 25th, but at least one more round of snowfall is expected before then.
The reunions have taken place in the past when Mount Kumgang had over one-and-a-half meters of snow, and the ministry official says the snow did not cause any major problems.

That was our Unification Ministry correspondent Hwang Sung-hee on high-level, inter-Korean talks slated for tomorrow morning.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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