Both Koreas agree to hold military talks amid tension
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 9:16 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea have agreed to hold military talks this week in what will be the first official contact between the two sides since Seoul’s new conservative government took office in February.
Seoul’s Defense Ministry said in a statement today that the North agreed to talks Thursday at the border village inside the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.
The North first proposed the talks last week, and the South sent the North a counterproposal with a new date.
The working-level meeting will be the first official contact between the two since South Korea’s pro-U.S. President Lee Myung-bak took office seven months ago, though the sides have met as part of international negotiations over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.