Written by Nathasha De Alwis
09 Jan, 2018 | 10:26 am
North and South Korea kicked off their first formal talks in more than two years today, January 9, with both sides expressing optimism ahead of discussions on how the North’s athletes can attend the Winter Olympics in the South despite tensions.
Regardless of its narrow, primarily sporting agenda, the meeting is being closely watched by world leaders eager for any sign of a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula amid rising fears over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
According to Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, North Korea entered the talks with a “serious and sincere stance.”
His counterpart, South Korea’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, also expressed optimism.
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