Koreas' Defense Chiefs Begin Peace Talks

Ministers first aim to settle sea dispute
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2007 5:19 AM CST
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Jang-soo waves before leaving for North Korea to attend South and North Korea military talks, in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. Defense chiefs from North...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – South Korea's defense minister is negotiating today with his North Korean counterpart in a bid to settle the nations' disputed sea border. The first talks between defense ministers in seven years aims to deepen the agreements from last month's landmark summit calling for greater peace via economic collaboration.

The two Koreas fought naval battles in 1999 and again in 2002 in the disputed waters under discussion. At issue is resolving the dispute as well as a plan to establish a maritime zone for fishing industries in both countries. The South Koreans are also expected to raise the issue of up to 500 prisoners of war from the Korean War believed to be living in the North.