North and South Korea begin Olympic talks

(BBC) – North and South Korea have begun high-level talks, the first between the countries in two years.

The meeting, at the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom, will focus on North Korea’s possible participation in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, taking place in South Korea in February.

South Korea also said it would raise ways to improve inter-Korean relations. Ties have become increasingly tense since the last talks in 2015.

Relations 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 telephone lines. Tensions have risen in the years since as the North continues to rapidly advance its banned weapons programme.

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