Koreas to exchange delegates’ lists for high-level talks

Seoul, Dec 1 (IANS) South and North Korea are expected to exchange lists of their chief delegates next week for the upcoming high-level talks aimed at discussing ways to improve ties, an official said on Tuesday.

The two Koreas have agreed to hold a vice-ministerial meeting at a joint industrial park in the Pyongyang’s border city of Kaesong on December 11 as they are seeking to mend long-strained ties, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Touching on agenda items, the official hinted that both sides are not likely to adjust them prior to the talks.

“It would be difficult (for the two sides) to have further consultations over topics for the talks,” the official said.

At a working-level meeting last week, the two Koreas agreed to discuss pending issues related to the improvement of Seoul-Pyongyang relations talks, without elaborating.

But the South is widely expected to raise the issue of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War while North Korea is likely to call on the South to resume the long-suspended joint tour program at Mount Kumgang in the North.

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