North, South Korea begin rare talks at the border ahead of Olympics

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close North and South Korean officials will meet at border village within the DMZ will hold talks for first time since December 2015; a spokesman for the South Korean government says talks could cover more than just the upcoming Olympics. Video

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North and South Korean officials will meet at border village within the DMZ will hold talks for first time since December 2015; a spokesman for the South Korean government says talks could cover more than just the upcoming Olympics.

South Korean media say North and South Korea have begun talks at their border about how to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics and how to improve their long-strained ties.

Yonhap news agency reported that the first talks between the rivals in about two years began as scheduled Tuesday morning at the border village of Panmunjom. YTN television network carried a similar report.

The head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon, center, arrives at the South side for the meeting with South Korea at the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. South Korean media said North and South Korea have begun talks at their border about how to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics and how to improve their long-strained ties. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)

The head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon, center, arrives at the South side for the meeting with South Korea at the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been making an apparent push for improved ties with the South after a year of elevated tension over his country's nuclear and missile tests. Critics, though, say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington to weaken international pressure and sanctions over the tests.

Kim Jong Un had said in his New Year's Day address that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics being held next month in Pyeongyang, South Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed Kim's overture and proposed the talks.

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