08 Feb '11, 2am

Two Koreas start first talks since attack

Two Koreas start first talks since attack

SEOUL: The two Koreas on Tuesday began their first talks since the North's deadly shelling of a South Korean border island in November sent tensions soaring, Seoul's defence ministry said. The military talks began at 10 am (0100 GMT) at Panmunjom on the heavily fortified frontier, a ministry spokesman told AFP. Tuesday's closed-door discussions were to focus mainly on preparations for high-level military talks, possibly between defence ministers, 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 in recent weeks after months of confrontation. Relations have been icy since the South in May accused the North of torpedoing a warship near the disputed Yellow Sea border and killing 46 sailors, a charge it denies. The November 23 bombardment of South Korea's Yeonpyeong island also near the border, which killed tw...

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