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Koreas end talks with no agreement

Updated: 2014-07-17 18:56:15 (KST)
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Hours of talks did not lead the Koreas anywhere on Thursday with no concrete agreement on North Korea's participation in the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea.
At the center of discussions were the transportation and accommodations of the North Korean delegation at the Games, and how their expenses will be covered.
Also in question was the number of cheerleaders North Korea plans to bring across the border.
An official at South Korea's Unification Ministry said the North Korean delegation will be able to travel directly to Incheon, just like any other team participating in the sporting event.
It would mark the first arrival of a North Korean plane or ferry in the South since 2010, when heavy sanctions were imposed following a North Korean attack on a South Korean warship.
Pyongyang may also have proposed forming a joint cheering squad and creating united teams for certain events.
So far, Seoul has not been keen on the idea.
But some experts say the Asian Games could become a platform for Pyongyang to show its sincerity.

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"So if it works, I think they will be able to say, see, we meant what we said and let's try something else, let's have a second step. Maybe it will change perceptions in the South enough so that a second step will be easier."

Although no dates for additional rounds of talks have been set, the two sides are expected to meet again before the Incheon Asian Games begin on September 19th.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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