China News Service, February 15th According to Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao, South Korea and North Korea held a second round of high-level talks at the Panmunjom on the Korean-North Korean border on the 14th. The two sides agreed to follow the original plan on the 20th to 25th of this month. The day of the reunion of separated family members. Han Dynasty originally had differences due to the overlapping of the reunion activities and the date of the Korean-US military exercise, but North Korea finally made a “significant” concession and agreed to hold discrete family reunion activities as scheduled.
The Korean high-level talks began on the 14th at 14 am on the Korean side of the Panmunjom, “Peace House”. The talks took about three hours.
The chief representative of the Korean side and the first national security officer of the Qingwatai National Security Office said at the press conference after the talks that the two sides reached a three-point consensus: the reunion of the separated family members was scheduled to be on the 20th. It will be held until the 25th; stop mutual slander and increase mutual trust and mutual understanding; continue to negotiate on issues of common concern, work hard to improve relations, and hold high-level talks in due course.
Jin Kui-hsiang spoke highly of the outcome of the talks and was pleased that the separated families could be reunited as scheduled. This is the first high-level talks between South Korea and North Korea since the establishment of the Korean Park Geun-hye government, which laid the foundation for the first step in bilateral relations.
Since the date of the activities of the separated family members is from 20th to 25th, and the Korea-US joint military exercise begins on the 24th, there are two days (24th to 25th) overlapping. North Korea originally asked the ROK to delay the date of the joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States. The South Korean side tried to persuade North Korea.
In response, the chief representative of the DPRK Yuan Dongyuan said: “This time North Korea will make a big concession, and we will work hard to improve the relationship between Korea and North Korea in the future.” & rdquo;
Jin Kui-hsien said that during the talks, South Korea introduced to North Korea “the process of trust in the Korean peninsula” (that is, the Korean government gradually accumulates mutual trust between the Koreans and the DPRK on the basis of sufficient deterrent power, and finally realizes the peninsula. North Korea understands the purpose and content of peace and stability.
After the talks ended, the North Korean official media reported the news in a timely manner, stressing that the two sides had a candid exchange on issues of concern and agreed to improve relations and achieve national unity, common prosperity and independent reunification.
Zhang Rongxi, chief researcher at Seoul National University in South Korea, pointed out that this time North Korea did make a big concession. Although North Korea has not yet obtained practical benefits, the improvement of the international image through this talks will also help the situation.
The South Korean government is scheduled to send an advancing team of 15 people to North Korea on the 15th to exchange the list of people participating in the reunion of separated family members and discuss the specific agenda.
Responsible Editor: Wu Yuanchun