N. Koreans Arrive in S. Korea for Int'l Table Tennis Event

N. Koreans Arrive in S. Korea for Int'l Table Tennis Event

The United States-led UN Command (UNC) opened general-level talks with North Korea for the first time in almost a decade Sunday, three days after the North postponed their scheduled meeting to discuss the return of Korean War remains.

Kim has since met South Korean President Moon Jae-in twice and also President Donald Trump last month in Singapore to discuss ways to resolve the nuclear standoff.

Meanwhile, the USA military has brought to Seoul the remains of a South Korean soldier found in North Korea in 2001 during a joint search between the United States and North Korea.

The North then suggested holding general-level talks with the USA -led U.N. Command (UNC) on Sunday, and the US agreed.

The White House has hailed the summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore as a major breakthrough toward disarming the isolated, nuclear-armed North in exchange for easing of sanctions and other help with economic development.

Sunday's meeting, if held, would be the first talks between the UNC and the North's military in nine years and four months.

USA and South Korean media have said North Korea is expected to hand over about 200 sets of remains.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing South Korean government and USA military sources, said the negotiations had begun at 0100 GMT at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.

Pyongyang later proposed a military generals' meeting with the U.S. -led U.N. Command on Sunday, and Washington accepted it.

Table tennis team of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) arrive at Yousung hotel in Daejeon, South Korea, south of Seoul on July 15, 2018. The date of the letter suggests it may have been sent before Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last week, in which the United States and North Korea struggled to make headway on the denuclearization issue.

Just hours after Pompeo left Pyongyang on July 7, the North said it offered to discuss declaring a formal end to the Korean War, but the USA side showed little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".

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