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War averted: Koreas reach an agreement

Old Aug 24, 15, 8:31 pm
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War averted: Koreas reach an agreement

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North and South Korean officials pose for a photo after wrapping up 43 hours of talks to reach a deal at the truce village of Panmunjom early Tuesday morning. From left: Kim Yang-gon, the secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party; Kim Kwan-jin, the South Korean director of National Security; Hwang Pyong-so, the director of the General Political Bureau of the North Korean Army; and Hong Yong-pyo, the South Korean unification minister. Provided by the Blue House
South and North Korea reached a deal on a six-point agreement early Tuesday after 43 hours of talks, putting a halt to rising tensions on the peninsula that brought the two rivals on the brink of an armed conflict.

The two sides wrapped up discussions around 1 a.m. Tuesday, defusing tensions that had escalated over the past few days after Pyongyang agreed to express regret over land mine blasts on Aug. 4 that left two South Korean soldiers seriously injured.

In return, South Korea consented to stop propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers along the demilitarized zone (DMZ), which will go into effect at noon on today, accepting Pyongyang’s demand that the psychological warfare be halted.

The broadcast campaign was resumed on Aug. 10, 11 years after it had been discontinued, in retaliation for a series of land mine detonations a week earlier on the southern area of the border, for which Seoul blamed Pyongyang.

An apology from the North was one of the South’s key demands in the talks. In the end, Pyongyang agreed to provide an expression of “regret” over the incident, which Seoul accepted, agreeing to halt its propaganda in exchange.

While the North’s expression of regret over the land mine incident falls short of Seoul’s initial demand for an apology, it is thought to have been somewhat of a concession for the South – Seoul could essentially claim it as an apology, while the North contends otherwise to its people.
I wonder how much money or behind the scenes bags of rice/promises greased the wheels for this piece of paper?

There was never really any real threat from the noisy neighbors but rest easier now fellow travellers!

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Old Aug 24, 15, 9:24 pm
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On OZ several times over the next few weeks and I do have to admit the recent tensions did unsettle me a bit.

Well aware I am just a measly traveler passing through, but still. Good to hear.
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Old Aug 25, 15, 4:33 am
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Originally Posted by guidospizza View Post
On OZ several times over the next few weeks and I do have to admit the recent tensions did unsettle me a bit.

Well aware I am just a measly traveler passing through, but still. Good to hear.
No airlines fly over North Korea and it's just the posturing that NK does for attention and maybe aid. Hope you enjoy your trip or layover in ICN.
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Old Aug 25, 15, 7:27 pm
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I am thinking of Asiana 324, surely something like this is more likely to happen when tensions are up
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Good they settled. Planning a second trip to the north soon...... went once, second got cancelled due to borders closed. Don't want that to happen again!

But, most times, it's a lot of scream and scream and nothing actually happens.
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Old Aug 27, 15, 9:03 am
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Good they settled. Planning a second trip to the north soon...... went once, second got cancelled due to borders closed. Don't want that to happen again!

But, most times, it's a lot of scream and scream and nothing actually happens.
Just the noisy neighbors
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Was quite concerned about it as my travel date approaches.
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Old Aug 27, 15, 10:35 pm
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Was quite concerned about it as my travel date approaches.
It's a beautiful time here in Korea. Not too hot anymore with decent breezes. Monsoon season done!
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Some news from the North......... 5 fun things also the military there does:

http://www.christravelblog.com/dpr-n...yongyang-dprk/

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Originally Posted by Aventine View Post
I wonder how much money or behind the scenes bags of rice/promises greased the wheels for this piece of paper?

There was never really any real threat from the noisy neighbors but rest easier now fellow travellers!
I have no idea regarding this go-around, but there was a story that circulated earlier in the year regarding their demands during a previous shakedown:

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Officials from both Koreas even discussed a possible summit meeting during secret talks in late 2009. But the negotiations again faltered after the North demanded a hefty price: 100,000 tons of corn, 400,000 tons of rice, 300,000 tons of chemical fertilizers, $100 million worth of aid for road construction and $10 billion as seed money for an economic development bank North Korea wanted to open, Mr. Lee says.
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Originally Posted by zippy the pinhead View Post
I have no idea regarding this go-around, but there was a story that circulated earlier in the year regarding their demands during a previous shakedown:
We won't know until PGH writes her autobiography.
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