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Two Koreas agree to cooperate to foster peace on Korean Peninsula Updated: 2018-01-12 12:33:27 KST

The first inter-Korean high level talks in two years started and ended in a positive atmosphere.
The focal point of the talks was North Korea's participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics, scheduled to take place next month.
Following the landmark encounter between officials from Seoul and Pyongyang in the village of Panmunjeom on the inter-Korean border, the two sides issued a joint statement, which reflected a number of agreements on various topics.

First, the two sides agreed to hold working-level talks in order to have a North Korean delegation conduct an on-site survey of the Olympic facilities in Pyeongchang prior to the arrival of athletes.
The exact dates of such visit will be fixed through exchanging documents.
The North has agreed to send a high-level delegation, athletes, cheerleaders, reporters and even a Taekwondo demonstration team while the South provides them with transportation and accommodation.

Second, the two sides agreed to work together in easing cross-border tensions and fostering peace on the Korean peninsula.
Therefore, the two sides agreed to hold military talks to discuss and resolve matters related to security.
They also agreed to expand various exchanges in order to promote unity and reconciliation among South and North Koreans.

Third, the two Koreas have agreed to respect the joint statement issued on Tuesday and to resolve all inter-Korean problems through dialogue and negotiations.
Therefore, the two sides agreed to hold further high-level talks to improve bilateral ties.

"With inter-Korean relations getting a promising and positive boost, Seoul is hoping this turn of events paves the way for a better communication between Pyongyang and Washington and eventually, a solution to the North's nuclear issue.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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