Date
17 December 2017
Seoul hopes to facilitate family reunions, among other things, by restarting talks with North Korea. Photo: Reuters
Seoul hopes to facilitate family reunions, among other things, by restarting talks with North Korea. Photo: Reuters

South Korea seeks resumption of talks with North

South Korea is seeking to resume stalled talks with Pyongyang in a bid to discuss issues such as reunions for families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean war and possible cooperation projects.

Towards this end, Seoul has sent a sent a letter to North Korea, Reuters reported, citing South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae.

The North had accepted the letter but is yet to respond, the minister was quoted as saying at a news conference on Monday. 

“I don’t think we will have any particular agenda, but our position is to discuss everything that South and North have mutual interests in,” said Ryoo, noting that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japan.

South Korea hopes a dialogue can resume as early as January.

The overture comes amid heightened diplomatic tension after Seoul’s key ally the United States blamed the North for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

North Korea has denied responsibility for the hack against Sony, which distributed a comedy film featuring an assassination plot against the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

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