07 Apr '11, 8am

Two Koreas agree on more volcano talks next week - Straits Times

SEOUL - NORTH and South Korea will next week hold a second round of talks about a potential volcanic threat from the peninsula's highest mountain, Seoul's unification ministry said on Thursday. Experts from both sides will meet at the North's city of Kaesong on April 12 after Pyongyang accepted a proposal from Seoul, the ministry said. The same group of four South Korean experts who attended the first meeting last month will take part. The talks were a rare example of cross-border cooperation after months of military tension on the peninsula. The two sides on March 29 agreed on the need for joint research into potential hazards from Mount Paektu on the border between North Korea and China, with the North offering access to the peak for the South's experts. Since its last eruption in 1903, the 2,740m volcano, considered sacred by both Koreas, has been dormant. But experts s...

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