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Koreas hold second round of high-level talks

Updated: 2014-02-14 08:41:01 KST
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Diplomatic efforts to kick-start a new and more constructive era of inter-Korean relations have resumed as high-level officials from the two Koreas are meeting again on this Friday for the second time in just three days.
North Korea is said to have proposed holding today's meeting.
And for more, we cross live to our correspondent Hwang Sung-hee at Seoul's Unification Ministry.
So, Sung-hee, we have a big day ahead I'm sure people on both sides of the border are hoping for some progress to be made today what are we hearing at the moment?

Good morning, Mark.
South Korean chief delegate Kim Kyou-hyun and his North Korean counterpart Won Dong-yon was scheduled to begin the talks at around 10 a.m. Korea time at the truce village of Panmunjom, so it should be getting underway as we speak.
Like you said, the meeting comes upon North Korea's proposal made yesterday.
After 14 hours of talks on Wednesday, the two sides walked away without reaching any tangible results.
Again, the two sides do not have a fixed agenda on what will be discussed, but they will most likely pick up where they left off on Wednesday and try to narrow down their differences on the upcoming family reunions and the joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.

Well, sounds like they have quite the difference to bridge over those issues. How likely is it that the two Koreas will reach an agreement at this point?

At their last meeting, North Korea demanded the South postpone the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises to sometime after the family reunions take place.
The event for families separated since the Korean War is scheduled to take place from February 20th to the 25th and this overlaps with the military drills that begin at the end of the month.
South Korea refused to make changes to its plan, saying humanitarian issues, like the family reunions, should not be linked to the military drills.
South Korea's presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae said earlier this morning that the South will not let the military drills disrupt plans for the family reunions and vice versa.
So the big question for today is whether the Koreas can reach a compromise.
We must remember North Korea has a history of breaking promises, just like we saw the regime walk away from its agreement to resume the reunions last September, just days before the event.

Thank you, Sung-hee and please do keep us updated. and let's hope some progress can be made.
That was our Hwang Sung-hee with the latest on today's hastily scheduled inter-Korean talks.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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