Koreas Announce Low-Level Talks

South says summit is a possibility
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2011 7:51 AM CST

(Newser) – North Korea hasn't kicked its southern brother in the shins for a few weeks now, so the South is finally responding to Pyongyang's calls for talks. The South announced today that the two will hold "low-level and preliminary" military-level talks next week, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak won't rule out the possibility of a summit with Kim Jong-Il. The main thrust of next week's discussions, however, will be to prepare an agenda for broader talks, notes the New York Times.

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And South Korea's been down this road before, notes Lee: "Whenever North Koreans committed provocations, they made proposals for inter-Korean talks after a while. Every time they did so, they demanded rice and fertilizer from us." In a live TV interview, Lee said Pyongyang could give a strong signal of good faith by hacking its military budget, say 20% to 30%. "I will see whether North Korea has really changed," he said.
(Read more South Korea stories.)

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