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Rival Koreas agree Seoul meeting after marathon talks

Published on Jun 10, 2013 6:17 AM
Head of South Korean delegation for an inter-Korean working-level talks, Chun Hae Sung (left) shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Kim Song Hye during their last conference wrapping up their 17 hour-negotiation at the Peace House on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone, north of Seoul June 10, 2013, in this handout provided by the Unification Ministry. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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