Koreas hold fresh talks to ease tensions

North Korea's Lieutenant-General An Ik San (right, wearing glasses) heading for the Peace House in the border truce village of Panmunjom in the South for the meeting with his South Korean counterpart yesterday. The talks produced no joint statement -
North Korea's Lieutenant-General An Ik San (right, wearing glasses) heading for the Peace House in the border truce village of Panmunjom in the South for the meeting with his South Korean counterpart yesterday. The talks produced no joint statement - a sign that no concrete agreement was reached by the two sides on how to proceed.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

North and South Korea discussed reducing tensions, but they did not announce any detailed agreements after both sides held military talks yesterday.

Conducted in the border village of Panmunjom, generals from the two Koreas exchanged views on disarming the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarised Zone, as well as joint excavation within the area for the remains of soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

Meanwhile the United States detected renewed building activity at a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile factory near Pyongyang, casting suspicions on the North's intentions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2018, with the headline 'Koreas hold fresh talks to ease tensions'. Print Edition | Subscribe