WORLD BRIEFING / SOUTH KOREA

Times Wire Reports

Senior South and North Korean officials in charge of inter-Korean relations opened talks for the first time in nearly two years amid a series of conciliatory moves by North Korea after months of tensions on the divided peninsula.

Unification Minister Hyun In-taek met visiting North Korean spy chief Kim Yang Gon, who also handles inter-Korean affairs.

The talks came a day after Kim and five other senior North Korean officials flew to Seoul to pay their respects to the late Kim Dae-jung, a former South Korean president who was beloved on both sides of the border for his pursuit of closer ties.

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