South and North Korea will hold another round of high-level talks on Friday at Panmunjom, the border town beween the two Koreas.
"At around noon, North Korea suggested that the two Koreas resume high-level inter-Korean talks at Panmunjom at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, but we countered with an offer of 10 a.m. on Friday, which the North accepted."
The meeting will be a follow-up to high-level talks that began on Wednesday and ended 14 hours later with no concrete agreement in place.
The two sides did agree in principle to proceed as planned with reunions for families separated by the Korean War from the 20th to the 25th, but the North also urged South Korea to postpone its joint military exercices with the United States that are slated to start February 24th.
South Korea's Defense Ministry rejected that call on Thursday, and reiterated that the annual drills are strictly defensive in nature.
"The ministry does not consider it appropriate to link defensive military drills for national security with family reunions that serve humanitarian purposes."
Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae, in an appearance at the National Assembly on Thursday, said he still expects the reunions to be held as scheduled.
As for Friday's talks, the unification ministry believes Pyongyang asked for another meeting because Wednesday's had finished without a resolution.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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