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Koreas hold second round of high-level talks

Updated: 2014-02-14 14:42:37 (KST)
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High-level officials from the two Koreas met again at the truce village of Panmunjom on this Friday for the second time in just three days.
The two sides have wrapped up the talks for today, and for the details on their discussions, we connect live to our correspondent Hwang Sung-hee at Seoul's Unification Ministry.
Sung-hee, what's the latest?

Conn-young, the officials held just one session and one round of separate discussions between the chief delegates today, with the talks coming to an end at 1:15 p.m.
But the officials did reach an agreement of some sort.
Details on the agreement haven't been released yet, but an official at the Unification Ministry says the general atmosphere at the meeting was amicable.
The two sides are believed to have focused on narrowing their differences on the upcoming reunions for families separated since the Korean War 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 sometime after the family reunions take place.
The reunion event 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.
The big question now is whether the two Koreas reached a compromise.

We have less than a week until the resumption of the family reunions.
How likely is it that they will take place as planned?

The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae had reiterated its stance earlier this morning that the South will not let the military drills disrupt plans for the family reunions and vice versa.
If the reunions do take place next week as planned, it will be the first such event in more than three years.
But then again, we must remember that North Korea has a history of breaking promises, and we saw the regime walk away from its agreement to resume family reunions last September just days before the event.
Meanwhile, the Koreas are continuing their preparations for the upcoming family reunions.
South Korea's Unification Ministry said a 15-member delegation will depart for Mount Kumgang, the site of the reunion, tomorrow.
The South Korean chief delegate Kim Kyou-hyun is expected to give a press briefing here at the Unification Ministry when he returns in about an hour so hopefully I'll have more details on the agreement in our later newscast.

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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