North Korea and South Korea to talk next week


A government worker in South Korea worked an average 2,738 hours a year, according to data from the Ministry of Personnel and Management quoted in Yonhap news agency in January, almost 1,000 hours more than the OECD average for public servants.

The March 29 talks will precede musical performances in Pyongyang in early April by a group of South Korean singers making a reciprocal visit after the North sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. North Korea in 2017 tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles theoretically capable of striking the USA mainland.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, right, and the head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon arrive at a meeting at the Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea on March 29.

South Korea has proposed talks with North Korea next week to discuss details of the upcoming summit talks between their leaders.

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Concerts featuring South Korean performers in North Korea next month have been titled, "Spring Comes".

The United States and South Korea have halved the duration of annual joint military exercises next month in a concession to North Korea and a tacit acknowledgement that key talks are being planned between the three countries.

President Trump's decision to agree to denuclearization talks by the end of May caught allies and adversaries by surprise. It criticized current and former officials and experts in the US and Japan, along with conservatives in South Korea, for suggesting Pyongyang is feeling the sting of increasingly tough sanctions.

"Such an event as today could be possible as the DPRK's dignity has remarkably risen and it has strong might", the commentary read, referring to the country by its official name Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Unlike in the past, this time one of the most important things that have alarmed the North Korean regime is the unpredictable behaviour of the U.S. administration. It became evident when for the first time the North Korean and South Korean delegations marched together in the opening ceremonies under a unified Korean flag and Kim Yong, Kim Jong Un's sister, met South Korean President Moon Jae-in.