North and South Korea reopen talks over 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

North and South Korea reopen talks over 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Talks are a sign of better relations after tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme

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The two Koreas held talks for the first time since the end of 2015, a deescalation of tensions since the North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program.
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The secretive state has reopened talked with South Korea this week, as the rivals met to talk today. The meetings are the first since December 2015, after months of tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.


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The talks were held in Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that splits the peninsula. Among other things discussed, including restarting reunions between family members in the north and the south, North Korea offered to send athletes, supporters, and performers to the Winter Olympics to be held later this year. They will be held in Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometres south of the DMZ.

Seoul urged that reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War be held at the same time as the Games.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Bitter rivals reopen talks

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