22 Mar '11, 10am

South Korea accepts North's volcano research offer

South Korea accepts North's volcano research offer

SEOUL : South Korea on Tuesday agreed to Pyongyang's offer to hold joint research into volcanic activity in the peninsula's highest mountain, suggesting officials meet next week in a rare sign of cooperation. The South's proposal of talks follows heightened concerns about activity at Mount Paekdu since a massive quake-tsunami engulfed the Japanese coast on March 11, killing at least 8,805 people and leaving 12,664 missing. The North considers it a sacred site where the leader Kim Jong-Il was born. Seoul's unification ministry, which handles cross-border affairs, in a letter accepted an offer from Pyongyang's earthquake bureau to conduct research at the mountain on the border between the North and China. "We said in the letter we agreed to the need for inter-Korea cooperation in studying volcanic activity in Mount Paekdu and proposed a meeting of experts... on March 29," th...

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