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US welcomes Korean accord for more talks

Published on Jun 11, 2013 6:08 AM
Visitors look at a relief map of Korean Peninsula at the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Monday, June 10, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to hold high-level talks later this week in Seoul after months of tension.

"We support and have always supported improved inter-Korean relations and will continue our close coordination with our allies and partners in the region and monitor this closely," State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said.

The accord came at marathon talks lasting into early Monday which were aimed at rebuilding trust after months of soaring tension and threats of nuclear war.

The first talks between the two rivals in more than two years ended with an accord for a two-day meeting in the South Korean capital from Wednesday, with topics for discussion including the future of a joint industrial complex.

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