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Tokyo [Japan] | June 14, 2018 1:41:29 PM IST
A high-level military talk between South Korea and North Korea is underway at a North Korean facility in the truce village of Panmunjom.

The meeting, which began around 10 a.m. on Thursday, is held to discuss ways to ease tension in the Korean Peninsula and to implement the agreements reached at the inter-Korean summit (held in April), as per NHK World.

An official of the defence ministry, Major General Kim Do-gyun, is leading the South Korean delegation, while the North Korean team is headed by Korean People's Army Lieutenant General An Ik San.

The two sides are expected to hold dialogue between their defence ministers in order to avoid accidental military clashes in areas, along the maritime demarcation line.

Recovery of the remains of the fallen soldiers from the Korean War in the demilitarised zone would be a significant part of the discussion.

This comes after North Korea cancelled the high-level talks with South Korea originally scheduled for May 16, over the joint military drills undertaken by Seoul and Washington D.C.

North Korea is now expected to seek a halt of joint military drills between the United States and South Korea.

After the historic summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said the US would halt war games with S Korea, while the negotiations are underway.

The two leaders in Singapore also signed a post-summit joint declaration, according to which Kim committed for 'complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula' and Trump pledged 'security guarantees' to the North. (ANI)

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