В политике, как на войне, бывает по-разному. Бывают победы, бывают поражения. Бывает, уступают - на время или насовсем. Оставил же без боя Кутузов Москву, отдали же финны Выборг. Две Кореи на уступки не идут, друг друга не признают. Я знаю, почему не идут. Они не могут договориться, кто из них старше, главнее...
И на том спасибо. Таки поеду за велосипедом.
North, South Korea officials meet at DMZ in bid to ease tension
JU-MIN PARK AND JACK KIM
SEOUL — Reuters
Published Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 7:06AM EDT
Last updated Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 7:07AM EDT
Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea met at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, raising hopes for an end to a standoff that put the rivals on the brink of armed conflict.
The meeting at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) village, known for its sky-blue huts and grim-faced soldiers, was set for half an hour after North Korea’s previously set ultimatum demanding that the South halt its loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts along the border or face military action.
That deadline passed without any reported incidents.
Tension on the Korean peninsula has been running high since an exchange of artillery fire on Thursday, prompting calls for calm from the United Nations, the United States and the North’s lone major ally, China. South Korea’s military remained on high alert despite the announced talks, a defense official said.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s national security adviser and her unification minister met Hwang Pyong So, the top military aide to the North’s leader Kim Jong Un, and a senior official who handles inter-Korean affairs at 6 p.m. Seoul time (0500 ET).
“The South and the North agreed to hold contact related to the ongoing situation in South-North relations,” Kim Kyou-hyun, the presidential Blue House’s deputy national security adviser, said in a televised briefing.
“The fact that these powerful officials who represent South and North Korea’s leaders are meeting means this is a great time to turn the crisis into opportunity,” Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. “It is a breakthrough.”
North-South ties have been virtually frozen since the deadly 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship. North Korea denies it was involved.
South Korea began blasting anti-North propaganda over the DMZ on Aug. 10, resuming a tactic both sides had stopped in 2004, days after the landmine incident.
North Korea resumed its own broadcasts on Monday. On Thursday, according to Seoul, it launched four shells into South Korea. The South fired 29 artillery rounds back.
Neither side reported casualties or damage.
North Korea has been hit with UN and U.S. sanctions because of nuclear and missile tests, moves that Pyongyang sees as an attack on its sovereign right to defend itself.