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N. Korea Agrees to Talks as US, South Postpone Drills

N. Korea Agrees to Talks as US, South Postpone DrillsN. Korea Agrees to Talks as US, South Postpone Drills

North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

South Korea said the North had sent its consent for the talks to be held on Tuesday. The last time the two Koreas engaged in official talks was in December 2015, Reuters reported. The meeting will take place at the border truce village of Panmunjom where officials from both sides are expected to discuss the Winter Olympics, to be held in the South next month, and other inter-Korean relations, South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters. North Korea asked for further negotiations about the meeting to be carried out via documented exchanges, Baik said.

US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, announced on Thursday that annual large-scale military drills would now take place after the Olympics.

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