"We approach today's talks with an intention of probing for opportunities to open a new relationship on the Korean Peninsula," Kim Kyu-hyun, the South's chief representative, told reporters in Seoul Wednesday, according to the New York Times. The two sides met for 90 minutes at the Panmunjon border village Wednesday and reconvened for four hours in the afternoon.
North Korean officials have recently spoken of the need to improve relations, and Wednesday's talks come as an opportunity to probe the country's intentions ahead of a scheduled round of family reunifications later this month. North Korea has threatened to cancel the reunifications because of planned U.S-South Korean military exercises.
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-By Elias Groll