South Korean soldiers stand at a checkpoint on the Tongil bridge, the road leading to North Korea’s Kaesong joint industrial complex, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in Paju on December 15, 2020, a day after South Korea’s parliament passed a law criminalising sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North.
North and South Korea are in talks to reopen a joint liaison office that Pyongyang demolished last year and hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations, three South Korean government sources with knowledge of the matter told the Reuters news agency.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been exploring ways to improve strained ties by exchanging multiple letters since April, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to diplomatic sensitivity.
The discussions signal an improvement in ties that have deteriorated in the past year after three leaders’ summits in 2018 promised peace and reconciliation.
Inter-Korean talks could also help restart stalled negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear and missile programs in return for sanctions relief.