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South Korea and North Korea to Meet Next Week

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South Korean officials have accepted a proposal from North Korea for talks in what will be the countries’ first meeting since August.

Members of the North Korean government’s primary agency for intra-Korean relations offered to meet with members of South Korean government, following an Aug. 25 agreement to ease hostilities and reduce fighting between the two sides. The August meeting marked the end of a spate of violence following land mine blasts at the Demilitarized zone for which South Korea blamed North Korea.

South Korea has extended two invitations for discussion since that agreement, and the upcoming talks will take place on Nov. 26, South Korea’s official Yonhap news agency reports. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said that the Thursday talks will be in preparation for discussions at a higher level, CNN reports.

[Al Jazeera]

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