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Koreas hold second round of high-level talks
Updated: 2014-02-14 10:36:31 KST

High-level officials from the two Koreas are meeting again at the truce village of Panmunjom on this Friday for the second time in just three days.
North Korea is said to have proposed holding today's meeting. that will most likely focus on narrowing the differences of opinion over the upcoming inter-Korean family reunions and the annual South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises.
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?

South Korean chief delegate Kim Kyou-hyun and his North Korean counterpart Won Dong-yon have been locked in negotiations since 10 a.m. this morning and they should be taking a break since it is lunch time here in Korea.
The meeting comes upon North Korea's proposal made yesterday as the two sides failed to reach any tangible results after 14 hours of talks on Wednesday.
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.
At issue is North Korea's demand that the South postpone the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises to some time 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.

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?

North Korea says that the reunion event and military drills cannot take place simultaneously, but South Korea maintains a firm stance that humanitarian issues, like the family reunions, should not be linked to the military drills.
The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae reiterated this stance earlier this morning that the South will not let the military drills disrupt plans for the family reunions and vice versa.
The big question for today is whether the Koreas can reach a compromise.
But meanwhile, the Koreas are continuing their preparations for the upcoming family reunion.
South Korea's Unification Ministry said a 15-member delegation will depart for Mt. Kumgang, the site of the reunion, tomorrow.
But we must also 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.
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