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Joint Press Release of the Inter-Korean High-Level Government Talks

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Joint Press Release of the Inter-Korean High-Level Government Talks

January 9, 2018

The inter-Korean high-level talks were held at Panmunjeom on January 9, 2018.

South and North Korea sincerely discussed issues regarding North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics, as well as ways to improve inter-Korean relations to meet the desire and expectations of all Koreans.

The South and North agreed as follows:

1. South and North Korea will actively cooperate to ensure that the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics be held successfully and improve the status of Korean nationals.

   In this regard, the North stated that it will send delegates of its National Olympic Committee, athletes, cheering and performing squads, observers, Taekwondo demonstrators, and reporters together with high-level delegates to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The South will ensure necessary accommodations for the visiting North Koreans.

   The two sides are to hold working-level talks regarding the dispatch of an advanced team for a preliminary site visit and the North's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The schedule will be shared and negotiated through document exchange.

2. The South and North will put joint efforts to ease military tensions, create a peaceful environment on the Korean Peninsula, and promote national reconciliation and unity.

   Both sides recognized the need to resolve current military tensions, and agreed to hold inter-Korean military dialogue.

   The two sides will activate contact, come-and-go, and exchange and cooperation in various fields, and promote national reconciliation and unity.

3. South and North Korea respect previous inter-Korean agreements, and as directly-concerned parties on matters pertaining to the Korean Peninsula, will resolve all issues raised in inter-Korean relations through dialogue and negotiation .

   To this end, the two sides will hold talks in various areas, along with high-level government talks to improve inter-Korean relations.

* Unofficial translation