08 Feb '11, 2am

North & South Korea have begun their 1st talks since N.Korea's deadly shelling of a border island

North & South Korea have begun their 1st talks since N.Korea's deadly shelling of a border island

South Korean chief delegate Colonel Moon Sang Gyun is surrounded by journalists as he leaves for the truce village of Panmunjom at the government building in Seoul. -- PHOTO: AFP SEOUL - NORTH and South Korea on Tuesday began their first talks since the North's deadly shelling of a border island in November, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported. The military talks began around 10am (9am Singapore time) at Panmunjom on the heavily fortified frontier, the agency quoted an unidentified official as saying. The defence ministry could not immediately confirm that the talks, which are closed to the media, had begun as scheduled. Tuesday's discussions were to focus mainly on preparations for high-level military talks at a date yet to be fixed. But the South sees it as a chance to test the sincerity of its neighbour's peace overtures after months of heightened tensions. Relations ha...

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