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Two Koreas hold rare talks on Asian Games participation

Published on Jul 17, 2014 9:44 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - Officials from the two Koreas met for rare talks on Thursday to sort out the logistics of Pyongyang sending athletes and cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in the South Korean port city of Incheon.

It was the first meeting between the two sides at the border truce village of Panmunjom for five months and comes at a time of simmering tensions following an unusually extended series of North Korean rocket and missile tests.

The talks also coincide with a joint South Korea-US naval drill off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula that Pyongyang has condemned as a "reckless" act of provocation.

North Korea has been blowing hot and cold in recent months, mixing its missile tests with peace overtures that Seoul has largely dismissed as insincere.

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