Rival Koreas agree Seoul meeting after marathon talks
SEOUL (AFP) - North and South Korea agreed early on Monday after marathon talks to hold a government-level meeting in Seoul with the aim of rebuilding trust following months of tensions and threats of nuclear war.
Sunday's preparatory discussions - weighed down, as always, by decades of mutual distrust - were held in the border truce village of Panmunjom where the armistice ending the 1950-53 Korean War was signed.
After nearly 18 hours of negotiations, the two sides early Monday reached agreement on holding their first high-level talks since 2007, the South's Yonhap news agency reported.
The main challenge was to agree a framework for the talks to be held in Seoul on Wednesday and Thursday.