Seoul, Pyongyang resume ministers’ talks on second day

Seoul, Dec 12 (IANS) South Korea and North Korea resumed their vice ministers’ talks on Saturday, the second day of such meeting that kicked off on Friday.

The third contact between chief delegates resumed around 10.40 a.m. (local time) at Pyongyang border city of Kaesong, Xinhua quoted Seoul’s unification ministry as saying.

Seoul’s three-member delegation was led by Vice Unification Minister Hwang Boo-gi, and his Pyongyang counterpart was Jon Jong-su, vice director of the secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.

The two sides continued talks through 10.00 a.m. on Friday, but failed to narrow differences over major issues.

Seoul has called on Pyongyang to agree upon regular reunions of Korean families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Pyongyang has wanted the resumption of tour to Seoul’s scenic resort of Mount Kumgang.

The tour, launched in 1998, was suspended in July 2008 when a South Korean female tourist was shot dead by a North Korean soldier after venturing into an off-limit area.

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