Korean PMs Get Down to Business

After summit, premiers meet in Seoul to discuss economic development
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2007 7:19 AM CST
North Korean Premier Kim Yong Il, right, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Han Duck-soo, left, upon his arrival at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. North Korea's premier...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – North Korea's prime minister  is in Seoul today for the start of a 3-day summit with his South Korean counterpart. The leaders are discussing how to implement peace agreements from last month's landmark meeting of the two Korean top leaders. But in the first visit by a northern leader to Seoul in 15 years, Kim Yong-Il will also seek to ensure a massive aid package from South Korea.

Both Koreas hope to encourage industrial development, such as port construction, in the underdeveloped north. In exchange, North Korea will continue to dismantle its nuclear operation. Last week Pyongyang began to shut down plutonium production as part of agreements made under recent six-nation talks.