SEOUL: South and North Korea tentatively agreed in Cabinet-level talks late yesterday to try to peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis, South Korean press reports from Pyongyang said.
In a draft copy of a joint communique issued before a final round of meetings, the two sides said “South and North Korea will thoroughly consult each other's position on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and will continue co-operation to resolve their issue peacefully through dialogue.”
The joint statement, reported by South Korean pool reporters at the talks in Pyongyang, came after the North insisted that the South should not meddle in the nuclear standoff, calling it a dispute between itself and the US.
The talks were extended as the two sides had failed to reach agreement on the wording of the statement. – AP
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