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Koreas Agree to Reopen Talks

March 25, 2002

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ South and North Korea have agreed to resume dialogue and exchange special envoys, a presidential official said Monday, moving to ease tensions in one of the world’s most militarized regions.

The two Koreas will simultaneously announce the agreement around 10 a.m. (8 p.m. EST Sunday), said the official.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to disclose details. But the local JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said the two sides will begins talking in in April and exchange special envoys shortly thereafter.

The agreement was reached after a series of secret talks between the two governments at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort and third countries, officials said. The mountain is a tourist attraction that has been open to South Koreans since 1998.

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