Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

DATE=8/30/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=KOREAS TALKS (L)
NUMBER=2-265966
BYLINE=HYUN SUNG KHANG
DATELINE=SEOUL
CONTENT=
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TEXT: South Korea has proposed to North Korea that 
they set up a military hotline and hold top-level 
security talks between the two countries. As Hyun-Sung 
Khang reports from Seoul, South Korea's unification 
minister made the proposal in Pyongyang Wednesday 
during a new round of formal ministerial-level talks.  
TEXT: Accompanied by a four-member delegation, 
South Korea's Unification Minister Park Jae-kyu 
says the proposal of top-level military talks and 
a military hotline will ease tensions between the 
two Cold War enemies.
The chief North Korean delegate Jon Kum Jin did 
not respond immediately to the proposals, but he 
is quoted to have said later that there was 
"considerable commonness" between the two sides.   
However, the North Koreas did complain that a 
joint military exercise presently being held 
between the South and the United States was 
damaging inter-Korean relations.
During the morning session of the talks, South 
Korea also proposed signing an agreement that 
would guarantee investment and avoid double 
taxation. Economic analysts say this would help 
promote economic cooperation between the two 
Koreas.
This is the second round of ministerial talks, 
since the June summit between the two Korean 
leaders. 
The first set of talks, held in Seoul last month, 
resulted in an agreement to reopen liaison 
offices in the border town of Panmunjom and 
reconnect a railway between the two Koreas.
This meeting is part of a rapid thaw spreading 
across the peninsula.  The Koreas never concluded 
a peace treaty after the Korean War ended in 
1953. (signed)
NEB/HK/HSK/GC/JO
30-Aug-2000 04:34 AM LOC (30-Aug-2000 0834 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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