A South Korean delegation crossed the dividing line into North Korea on Tuesday (19 February), but returned without agreement on a venue, for a proposed meeting between the Prime Ministers of the two countries, aimed at solving their differences.
GV Journalists, delegates and soldiers around Pannunkuk building near Panjunjom
SV Newsmen and delegates on steps of building
SV Soldiers with cameras
SV South Korean delegates walking down border corridor to North Korean side
SV From North Korean side, delegates walk to border to meet South Koreans, shake hands and South Koreans cross border, and walk towards Pannunkuk building
SV Delegates walking towards building
SV Delegates mounting steps and entering building
SCU AND SV INTERIOR Leader of South Korean delegation and delegates enter and take seats on left (2 shots)
SV North Korean delegates seated
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Background: A South Korean delegation crossed the dividing line into North Korea on Tuesday (19 February), but returned without agreement on a venue, for a proposed meeting between the Prime Ministers of the two countries, aimed at solving their differences.
SYNOPSIS: North Korea had called for high level meetings to discuss possible Korean reunification. This was their second recent meeting. The two sides got together on the sixth of February, when they agreed to reopen the "hot-line" between the two capitals, Seoul in South Korea, and Pyongyang in the North.
The nineteenth of February visit was the first time in five years that an official South Korean delegation had crossed into the North Korean side of the demilitarised zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula. Accompanied by local and foreign journalists, they were met by a North Korean group and escorted to the meeting place.
North Korean officials have agreed to cross into the South in two week to continue the talks.
But at Tuesday's meeting, agreement on the venue and the agenda of the Prime Ministers' meeting was not reached. In fact, little progress on any topic was reported.
South Korea, having put forward Geneva, or another city in a third country, as a possible venue for the leaders' talks was reportedly perplexed by North Korea's adamant refusal to consider the idea. The North have proposed the meetings should take place alternately in Seoul and Pyongyang.
Reuters New Agency said South Korea wanted assurances the North's proposal for talks was genuine, and not merely part of a propaganda offensive.