Inter-Korean Military Talks Set to Resume
Inter-Korean Talks Set to Resume
The Hankyoreh is reporting that inter-Korean military talks are set to resume today at Panmunjeom. Note that these talks are different from the working level talks previously cancelled in that the other talks were scheduled to involve the United Front Department of the Worker’s Party and the South Korean Ministry of Unification. These current talks are military-to-military.
Regarding the fact that the North Korean military, instead of the United Front Department of its ruling Workers’ Party, will take part in the first round of inter-Korean talks following South Korea’s presidential election, a government official said, “The United Front Department should prepare for policy change following the South’s regime change but the working-level military talks can deal with limited issues in a practical time frame.”
Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-gi remarked that the upcoming talks are aimed at examine the issue of security in relation to the operation of the trains between Munsan and Bongdong, which have been operating for over a month. South Korea wants the North Korean military to provide a security guarantee while the trains are in operation.