FacebookInstagramTwitterContact

 

Dawn Lecture           >>           3rd National Scientific Symposium           >>           3rd National Scientific Symposium           >>           China Pumps More Money Into Market           >>           Britain's Pro-Brexit Party UKIP Passes No Confidence Vote In Leader           >>           Canadian PM To Attend World Economic Forum Meeting           >>           British Engineers Find Way To Hold Large Objects In Mid-Air With Sound           >>           Hamburg Sack Head Coach Markus Gisdol           >>           Cristiano Ronaldo Uses Phone To Check Head Wound In Real's Win Vs. Deportivo           >>           Dawn Lecture           >>          

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE




REACH US


GENERAL INQUIRY

admin@brudirect.com

 

ADVERTISING

marketing@brudirect.com

 

PRESS RELEASE

pr@brudirect.com

 

HOTLINE

+673 222-0178 [Office Hour]

+673 223-6740 [Fax]

 



Upcoming Events


The Incredibles 5Km Fun Run
January 7th, 2018 | 00:00 AM


KIDS PANCAKE MAKING & DECORATING CLASS
January 21st, 2018 | 14:00 PM


THE 1 NATION FREE WORKOUT
January 21st, 2018 | 17:00 PM


20th Consumer Fair
January 24th, 2018 | 00:00 AM


Mazalina Wedding Expo
January 26th, 2018 | 00:00 AM





Prayer Times


The prayer times for Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts. For Tutong add 1 minute and for Belait add 3 minutes.


Imsak

: 05:04AM

Subuh

: 05:14AM

Syuruk

: 06:35AM

Doha

: 06:59AM

Zohor

: 12:33PM

Asar

: 03:54PM

Maghrib

: 06:28PM

Isyak

: 07:41PM

 



The Business Directory


 

 



Asia


  Home > Asia


Koreas Agree Military Talks To Defuse Border Tension


 


 January 10th, 2018  |  09:26 AM  |   1771 views

NORTH KOREA

 

North and South Korea have agreed to hold military talks to defuse border tension, after their first high-level meeting in two years.

 

The North will also send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games taking place in South Korea in February.

 

Agreement was also reached to reinstate a military hotline suspended two years ago, the South's government said.

 

However, the North's delegation was negative on the subject of denuclearisation, the South added.

 

The United States gave a cautious welcome to the meeting.

 

The state department said the US remained in close consultations with South Korean officials who would ensure the North's participation in the Winter Olympics did not violate UN sanctions.

 

What happened at the talks?

 

After a day of negotiations, the two sides issued a joint statement which confirmed they had agreed to hold military talks on defusing military tension.

 

The North also agreed to send a National Olympic Committee delegation, athletes, cheerleaders, art performers, spectators, a taekwondo demonstration team and media to the games, while the South would provide the necessary amenities and facilities.

 

The statement also referred to exchanges in other, unspecified areas and other high-level talks to improve relations, the South's Yonhap news agency reports.

 

The South asked the North to end any hostile acts that might raise tension, while the North agreed there was a need to guarantee a peaceful environment on the peninsula, a statement from the South's government said.

 

Other details had been released throughout the day by officials from the South:

 

The South proposed that athletes from both Koreas march together at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang as they did at the 2006 Winter Olympics

 

The South pushed for the reunion of family members separated by the Korean War - a highly emotional issue for both countries - to take place during the Lunar New Year holiday, which falls in the middle of the Games

 

The South said it would consider temporarily lifting relevant sanctions, in co-ordination with the UN, to facilitate the North's participation in the Olympics

 

The North's reaction to these proposals is not known.

 

In his opening remarks, the head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son-gwon, was fairly neutral. He said he hoped the talks would bring a "good gift" for the new year and that the North had a "serious and sincere stance".

 

Where are the talks and how did they come about?

 

They were held in the Panmunjom "peace village" in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) at the border.

 

Five senior officials on each side attended and the leaders of both were said to have watched the talks via a CCTV feed.

 

In his New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had said he was considering sending a team to the Olympics. South Korea's Olympics chief had said last year that the North's athletes would be welcome.

 

Following Mr Kim's overture, the South then proposed high-level talks to discuss the North's participation, but the North only agreed to the talks after the US and South Korea agreed to delay their joint military exercises until after the Olympics. The North sees the annual drills as a rehearsal for war.

 

Some critics in the US see the North's move as an attempt to divide the US-South Korea alliance.

 

When were the last talks?

 

Back in 2015.

 

Relations then broke down after Seoul suspended a joint economic project at the Kaesong Industrial complex in North Korea following a rocket launch and nuclear test by the North.

 

The incident led to North Korea ending all communication with Seoul, including cutting off the military hotline.

 

Tensions have risen in the years since.

 

How bad have things become?

 

The North's development of its nuclear programme has continued unabated and has created a huge diplomatic conflict with the US administration of President Donald Trump.

 

Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un have conducted a personal feud, with the US leader dubbing Mr Kim "Rocket Man" and boasting that his nuclear button is "much bigger".

 

North Korea's regular missile tests have brought a tightening of UN and US sanctions.

 

The latest test of a ballistic missile on 28 November sparked another raft of measures from the UN, targeting petrol shipments and travel for North Koreans, among other things.

 


 

Source:
courtesy of BBC NEWS

by BBC NEWS

 

If you have any stories or news that you would like to share with the global online community, please feel free to share it with us by contacting us directly at pr@brudirect.com

 

Related News


Salleh All Praise For UMS’ Community Homes CSR Programme

 2018-01-22 08:53:23

Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

 2018-01-22 09:06:24

Singapore Office Rents to Rise the Most in Asia

 2018-01-22 09:45:06