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No deal cut during inter-Korean military talks  

韩朝军事会谈无果而终 西部海域冲突问题分歧大

韩国国防部方面表示,韩朝15日在板门店举行了非公开军事会谈,就双方在朝鲜半岛西部海域的冲突、韩方向朝散发传单等问题进行了商讨,但未能达成有关协议,且没有商定下次会谈的日期。 [查看全文]
2014-10-15 16:49 Xinhua Web Editor: Mo Hong'e

No agreement was reached during the inter-Korean military talks, the first such dialogue in almost four years, Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told a press briefing that separate agreements were not made during the talks nor were schedules for next military dialogue discussed.

Military officials from the two Koreas held the "closed-door" meeting from 10 am to 3:10 pm local time at the truce village of Panmunjom.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) sent Army Brig. Gen. Moon Sang-gyun, director- general of arms control at the Defense Ministry, and senior Unification Ministry official Kim Ki-woong.

The DPRK dispatched Kim Yong-chul, head of the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, and Re Sun-kwon and Kwak Chul-hee, senior officials at the National Defense Commission.

During the military contact, the DPRK called for a ban of ROK battleships' entrance into the patrol ship line, which lies, as Pyongyang has claimed, in the western waters.

Pyongyang also called on Seoul to stop spreading anti-DPRK leaflets across the border even from the civilian side, while calling for the suspension of slandering each other even by news organizations.

The ROK urged the DPRK to respect and observe the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the disputed western sea border, while saying that the authorities cannot control media reports and civic groups' distribution of anti-DPRK leaflets.

The inter-Korean military talks came in almost four years. The two Koreas last held working-level military talks in February 2011 and general-level talks in December 2007.

The talks came after the two Koreas exchanged fires near the military demarcation line last week. On Oct 10, the DPRK fired machine gun at balloons carrying anti-DPRK leaflets floated by a ROK civic group. After some of the bullets fell south of border, the two Koreas traded machine gun fires.

On Oct 7, naval ships of the two Koreas exchanged fires near the disputed western sea border after a patrol ship of the DPRK violated the Northern Limit Line (NLL), which Pyongyang does not recognize.

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