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Koreas to talk in border village after tensions

Published: Sunday, June 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SEOUL, South Korea – North and South Korea will meet in a village straddling their heavily armed border Sunday for the first government-level talks on the peninsula in more than two years as they try to lower tension and restore stalled projects that once symbolized their rapprochement.

The North on Saturday delivered its agreement to talk in Panmunjom through a Red Cross line restored a day earlier, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said in a text message. Pyongyang had earlier favored its border city of Kaesong, which contains the industrial park emptied in May after tensions peaked.

Representatives of the rival Koreas met on the peninsula in February 2011 and their nuclear envoys met in Beijing later that year, but government officials from both sides have not met since. Sunday’s meeting would be clearest sign of eased tensions since Pyongyang threatened to attack South Korea and the United States with nuclear missiles earlier this year, and the South made counter-threats.

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