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First North, South Korea Talks in 2 Years Yield Breakthrough

Pyongyang will send delegation to Winter Games

(Newser) - The Winter Olympics has brought a thaw in relations between the Koreas: After talks in the truce village of Panmunjom on Tuesday, a South Korean official announced that North Korea will be sending a delegation including officials, athletes, and a cheer squad next month to the Games in Pyeongchang, South... More »

North Korea Just Called South Korea on a Hotline

Communications channel is open for first time since 2016

(Newser) - The nuclear rhetoric between the White House and Kim Jong Un may be escalating, but relations between North and South Korea continue to ease. On Wednesday, the North reopened a communications hotline between the two nations that had been closed since 2016, reports Reuters . A North Korean officer acting on... More »

North Korean Defector Had to Run After Issue With Jeep's Wheel

He was shot at least 5 times

(Newser) - A North Korean soldier fired on by his former comrades during a desperate attempt to defect across the DMZ on Monday was shot at least five times but is expected to survive, South Korean authorities say. Officials say the soldier drove a jeep toward the Joint Security Area—the only... More »

South Korea Calls North Korea Twice a Day

Former officials says South 'has to keep placing calls on Panmunjom telephone'

(Newser) - Every day, South Korea's Unification Ministry sends officials to the border village of Panmunjom to call North Korea at 9am and 4pm. For more than 18 months, the North hasn't picked up. As North Korea steps up its nuclear weapons tests and threats, the Unification Ministry, dedicated to... More »

Koreas Agree to 1st Reunions Since 2010

But Pyongyang wants a carrot

(Newser) - North Korea today accepted a South Korean offer for talks on reuniting families separated by war, but proposed separate talks on resuming lucrative tours to a scenic North Korean mountain in an apparent effort to link the two discussions. Last week, the two Koreas agreed to work toward a resumption... More »

Koreas Hold 1st Talks in 2 Years

Hoping to pave way for higher-level talks Wednesday

(Newser) - Government delegates from North and South Korea began preparatory talks today in Panmunjom aimed at setting ground rules for a higher-level discussion on easing animosity and restoring stalled rapprochement projects. The meeting is the first of its kind in more than two years. Success will be judged on whether the... More »

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