clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Koreas to resume talks in bid to end stalemate

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North and South Korea agreed Thursday to resume official dialogue later this month in a move that could signal a thaw in the Cold War's oldest armed standoff.

The agreement came a week after U.S. special envoy William Perry visited the communist North and urged its leaders to abandon their isolationist policy and nuclear and missile development programs in exchange for greater economic and diplomatic benefits from Washington and its allies.Vice ministers of the two Koreas will meet June 21 in Beijing to discuss the reunions of families long separated by the division of the Korean peninsula.

"With this agreement, South and North Korea enter a new era of dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation," said Lim Dong-won, head of Seoul's Unification Ministry, the government agency overseeing talks with the North.