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Koreas agree to talk today in bid to ease tension

North and South Korea will meet on Sunday in a village straddling their heavily armed border for the first government - level talks on the peninsula in more than two years as they try to lower tension and restore stalled projects that once symbolized their rapprochement.

world Updated: Jun 08, 2013 22:57 IST

North and South Korea will meet on Sunday in a village straddling their heavily armed border for the first government - level talks on the peninsula in more than two years as they try to lower tension and restore stalled projects that once symbolized their rapprochement.

The North on Saturday delivered its agreement to talk in Panmunjom through a Red Cross line restored a day earlier, the Unification Ministry said in a text message.

Pyongyang had earlier favored its border city of Kaesong, which contains the industrial park emptied in May after tensions peaked.

Representatives of the rival Koreas met on the peninsula in February 2011 and their nuclear envoys met in Beijing later that year, but government officials from both sides have not met since.

Sunday’s meeting would be clearest sign of eased tensions since Pyongyang threatened to attack South Korea and the United States with nuclear missiles earlier this year, and the South made counter-threats.

It also comes as their top allies are meeting. President Barack Obama opened a weekend summit Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California to discuss several topics, including North Korea’s nuclear programs.