The two Koreas have resumed their high－level
meeting， which was adjourned in the early hours this Sunday without yielding any substantial
results. For the latest details， we connect to our
presidential office correspondent Choi You－sun .
You－sun， have officials from Seoul and Pyongyang returned to the negotiating table？
South Korea′s presidential office has confirmed that the two sides restarted talks at around
3：30 p.m. at the truce village of Panmunjom， which is about two－and－a－half hours
ago. The South′s top security adviser Kim Kwan－jin
and Unification Minister Hong Yong－pyo are now engaged in a two－plus－two meeting
with North Korea′s top military official Hwang Pyong－so and ruling party secretary
Kim Yang－gon. At around 5 a.m. this morning， President
Park Geun－hye′s spokesperson Min Kyung－wook read from a statement prepared by the two
Koreas， saying the high－level meeting， which began more than 10 hours earlier，
had been adjourned. The spokesperson said Seoul and Pyongyang
discussed a wide range of issues during the meeting to improve and develop inter－Korean
relations， including ways to defuse tensions escalated by the recent exchange of artillery
fire between the South and the North. The ongoing tensions in the region obviously
dominated the talks. You－sun， what are the key differences
that the two sides….can′t seem to agree on？
For starters， Seoul is demanding that Pyongyang apologize for the recent land mine blast in
the Demilitarized Zone that left two South Korean soldiers seriously injured.
Seoul is also seeking Pyongyang′s apology for the latest artillery fire that triggered
the escalation of tensions， as well as a promise of preventive measures.
North Korea denies responsibility for both incidents and wants the South to stop its
anti－Pyongyang broadcasts， which resumed after the land mine incident.
The two sides may exchange views on non－military issues， such as resuming reunions of families
separated by the Korean War. It′s likely North Korea will urge the South
to stop its annual military exercises with the U.S.， which it considers to be part
of war games， and seek ways to resume inter－Korean tourism and other economic projects that were
suspended after a series of Pyongyang′s provocations.
It′s difficult to predict whether the meeting of the two sides will bring about a substantial
outcome. However， it′s worth noting that they came to the negotiating table amid tensions，
and rather than walking out of the meeting， agreed to adjourn and meet again to narrow
their differences. Pyongyang has also displayed a will to renew
dialogue with Seoul， by sending Hwang Pyong－so， known to be North Korean leader Kim Jong－un′s
top military aide. It′s also the first time Seoul and Pyongyang
are holding ministerial－level talks in nearly eight years.
That′s all I have for now. Choi You－sun reporting from South Korea′s