South Korea to hold high-level talks with the North


John M. Glionna
Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2011

The announcement comes soon after a Washington summit at which Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama urge the two countries to resume dialogue. North Korea has reportedly agreed to discuss the March torpedo attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 crew members.

Reporting from Seoul — Signaling a possible diplomatic thaw following months of tension on the Korean peninsula, South Korea on Thursday agreed to hold high-level military talks with North Korea despite a November attack by the North that killed four people on a disputed South Korean island.

Officials in Seoul announced that they would hold talks with their Northern counterparts, who in recent weeks have made several entreaties for a sit-down to discuss escalating tensions.

The apparent thaw in relations came just hours after a Washington summit Wednesday where the North’s provocations and nuclear-weapons program were discussed and President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao urged the two Koreas to resume dialogue.

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