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UN Command, DPRK to hold more talks

07-15-2010 16:56 BJT

SEOUL, July 15 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to hold more talks down the road, after they held a colonel- level meeting to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship, the command said Thursday.

The two sides met earlier Thursday in the truce village of Panmunjom to discuss the warship sinking blamed on the DPRK's torpedo attack, a charge it has repeatedly denied.

"Both sides agreed to confirm the details of the proposed follow-on talks after consulting with their respective superiors," the UNC said in a statement. The meeting lasted for about one and a half hours, it said, without offering much detail.

The meeting came after the United Nations Security Council issued a presidential statement condemning the attack on the warship, which took 46 lives of South Korean sailors. Pyongyang said it was "satisfied" with the statement, which stopped short of directly naming it as a culprit.

As part of a trust-building measure, the command and the DPRK have held 16 general-level talks since 1998, and the latest round was held in March 2009.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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