North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday (6 February) to reopen a telephone "hotline" linking the two capitals, Pyongyang and Seoul.
GV: Building at border.
SV TILT UP: Guards in watchtower
SV: South Korean delegation arriving at building.
TV: North Korean delegation arriving at conference table
SV; South Koreans shaking hands with North Koreans (2 shots)
TV: North Korean chief seated and talking (2 shots)
SCU: South Korean chief seated
SV PAN FROM: Newsmen TO conference table with North Koreans opening documents
SCU ZOOM OUT TO SV: Exchange of documents across table
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Background: North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday (6 February) to reopen a telephone "hotline" linking the two capitals, Pyongyang and Seoul. They also agreed to continue talks towards a meeting of their Prime Ministers to discuss reunification of the divided peninsula.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from the two governments held talks in the conference room of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission at the armistice village of Panmunjom, in the middle of the separating demilitarised zone. The South Korean delegation was led by Kim Young-Choo, Ambassador at large at the South Korean Foreign Ministry. Leader of the North Korean delegation was Hyon-Jun-Kuk, a member of the Pyongyang government's Administrative Council and Vice-Director of the Northern Workers' Party Central Committee.
It was the first meeting between the two sides since the assassination of South Korea's President Park Chung-Hee last October(1979)
A meeting between the Prime Ministers of the two Koreas would be the first since the country was divided at the end of the Second World War. Wednesday's (6 February) talks were aimed at arranging the top level meeting as early as possible. During Wednesday's hour-long talks the two sides decided to hold a second round of discussions on February 19.
However South Korean sources were pessimistic about a quick agreement being reached.
At a private meeting later on Wednesday, the two delegates agreed to reopen telephone links between Seoul and Pyongyang. The lines were cut by the North in 1976 shortly after the killing of two United States armed forces officers by axe-wielding North Korean guards at Panmunjom.