South Korea: Seoul and Pyongyang to hold first talks in 2 years next week

South Korean Unification Ministry spokesperson Baik Tae-hyun confirmed holding high-level talks with North Korea next Tuesday to discuss Pyongyang's possible involvement in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as well as further ways to improve ties, speaking from Seoul on Friday. The spokesperson stated that «the two sides decided to discuss working-level issues for the talks by exchanging... Еще documents.» The communications channel has been closed since January 2016, when the former South Korean government shut down the Kaesong Industrial Complex, following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test. This followed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech, in which he stated that Pyongyang was «open to dialogue» with South Korea, and added that a North Korean team may attend the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

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