South and North Korea Meet to Ease Tensions

South and North Korea Meet to Ease TensionsSouth and North Korea Meet to Ease Tensions

South Korean leaders agreed to meet with their North Korean counterparts for a high-level government meeting to take place on November 26, the first of its kind in a joint effort to help ease tension between the two countries following a standoff this summer.

North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea had invited the South on Friday to hold a meeting on November 26 in the truce village of Panmunjom. The government in Seoul later said it had accepted the invitation, Deutsche Welle reported.

The move comes after heightened tension between the two countries this summer following landmine blasts along the border that injured S. Korean soldiers. Seoul blamed the blasts on the North, which denied any responsibility.

The situation heightened unease at the world’s most heavily fortified border, as both sides threatened each other.

An August 25 agreement between the two governments ended the standoff.  In October, the two countries held a series of reunions between family members separated during the Korean War, which took place from 1950-53 and led to the division of the country.

Relations between the two countries reached a postwar nadir following the sinking in 2010 of a South Korean warship, another incident Seoul blames on Pyongyang.

N. Korea is also faced with a series of UN sanctions imposed upon it in response to its nuclear weapons tests.