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North Korea Newsletter No.377 (Aug. 27, 2015)

2015/08/27 11:00

Inter-Korean Relations

Full text of inter-Korean agreement: KCNA

Following is the English-version full text of a deal between South and North Korea in high-level talks, released by the North's state news agency KCNA on Aug. 25.

1. The north and the south agreed to hold talks between their authorities in Pyongyang or Seoul at an early date to improve the north-south ties and have multi-faceted dialogue and negotiations in the future.

2. The north side expressed regret over the recent mine explosion that occurred in the south side's area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), wounding soldiers of the south side.

3. The south side will stop all loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts along the MDL from 12:00, August 25 unless an abnormal case occurs.

4. The north side will lift the semi-war state at that time.

5. The north and the south agreed to arrange reunions of separated families and relatives from the north and the south on the occasion of the Harvest Moon Day this year and continue to hold such reunions in the future, too and to have a Red Cross working contact for it early in September.

6. The north and the south agreed to vitalize NGO exchanges in various fields.

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Chronology of inter-Korean talks under President Park Geun-hye

The following is a chronology of events leading up to Tuesday's inter-Korean agreement reached after marathon talks aimed at defusing escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

2013

Feb. 25: President Park Geun-hye is sworn into office.

March 8: North Korea unilaterally scraps non-aggression pact with Seoul and cuts off contact through the truce village of Panmunjom.

April 8: North Korea pulls workers from the inter-Korean economic zone in the border city of Kaesong, causing a shutdown in operations.

July 10: The two Koreas engage in talks to restart tours to the Mount Kumgang resort on North Korea's eastern coast, begin working-level talks to arrange reunions for separated families.

Sept. 16: Kaesong complex resumes operations.

2014

Jan. 1: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un calls for creating an atmosphere conducive to better inter-Korean relations.

Jan. 6: President Park stresses that unification can be a "bonanza" for the Korean people and calls for family reunions around the time of the Lunar New Year.

Jan. 16: North Korea proposes halting hostile military action directed at the other side and stopping mud-slinging.

Feb. 12: South and North Korea hold a meeting with high-ranking officials to discuss family reunions.

Feb. 20-25: Family reunions are held at the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea.

March 28: Park announces her "Dresden proposal" for unification in Germany.

April 12: North Korea lashes out at "Dresden proposal."

  

July 7: North Korea says it will send a cheerleading squad to the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Aug. 11: The South Korean government proposes holding a second high-ranking officials meeting.

Aug. 28: North Korea says it will not send a cheerleading squad to the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Sept. 11: North Korean athletes arrive in Incheon for the Asiad.

Sept. 24: President Park raises North Korean human rights issue at the United Nations.

Oct. 4: North Korea sends Hwang Pyong-so, Choe Ryong-hae and Kim Yang-gon to the closing ceremony of the Asian Games.

Dec. 29: South Korean unification minister Ryoo Kihl-jae offers to set up a preparation body for unification of the two Koreas.

2015

Feb. 24: North Korea unilaterally announces a 5.18-percent hike in salary for North Koreans working at the inter-Korean economic zone in the border city of Kaesong.

April 2: South Korea's government sends a notice to South Korean firms in the inter-Korean economic zone, asking them to freeze the salary paid to North Korean workers.

April 27: South Korea's government approves a local civilian group's plan to send fertilizer to North Korea, the first of its kind in five years.

May 1: South Korea's government unveils a set of measures aimed at boosting inter-Korean exchanges at civic levels.

Aug. 4: Three wooden-box landmines, which South Korea claims were buried by North Korea, explode on the South Korean side of the DMZ, maiming two staff sergeants during a patrol mission.

Aug. 5: South Korea offers to hold high-level talks with North Korea over the reunion of separated families and the resumption of the stalled inter-Korean tour program, which was later rejected by the North.

Aug. 18: South and North Korea agree to hike the minimum wage by 5 percent for North Korean workers at the inter-Korean economic zone.

Aug. 20: The two Koreas engage in a brief exchange of artillery fire over the western part of their heavily-fortified border, escalating tensions on the peninsula following the North's recent landmine attack on the South's side.

Aug. 22: Top negotiators from the two Koreas hold talks at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone in an effort to defuse the tensions.

Aug. 25: The two Koreas reach a six-point agreement in which North Korea expresses regret over the landmine attack and South Korea agrees to halt anti-Pyongyang broadcasts.

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