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Two Koreas to meet to discuss preparations for Asian Games

Updated: 2014-07-17 03:30:34 (KST)
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For the first time in about six months,.. the two Koreas will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom Thursday morning.
Three officials from each side will discuss a wide range of issues, including transportation and lodging for the North Korean athletes and cheer squad members who are expected to make the trip to the South Korean city of Incheon this fall to participate in the Asian Games.
But there's also a high possibility that North Korea may use the meeting to continue its peace overtures to the South.
It's believed they may propose entering North and South Korean athletes on the same team for certain events or even a joint cheering squad.

(Korean)
"By normalizing diplomatic relations, it will try to get compensation to reconstruct its economy. To do that, inter-Korean relations should be restored,.. or there needs to be some progress made on resuming six party talks."

Seoul has already said that putting together a joint cheering squad or team is logistically difficult, but the two sides will have more than one opportunity to hammer out the details.

(Korean)
"The two sides met two to three times leading up to the 2010 Asian Games for working level talks."

North Korea has been employing a dual offensive recently, laying out peace gestures and displays of aggression simultaneously, and all eyes are on how two Koreas will interact in Thursday's meetings.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.


Reporter : Lian.yoo@arirang.co.kr

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