U.N. Command, North Korea to hold second round of talks
SEOUL — United Nations Command and North Korean officials are scheduled to meet Friday morning for a second planning session on future high-level talks about the Cheonan, the South Korean ship that sank on March 26 near the maritime border of North Korea and South Korea.
Officials are expected to discuss the date, agenda and protocol for general-level talks during Friday’s colonel-level meeting, according to a release by the U.N. Command.
South Korea has accused North Korea of torpedoing the Cheonan, which the North denies.
A first round of colonel-level meetings took place on July 15. North Korea postponed the first scheduled meeting on July 13 between the two sides hours before it was scheduled to begin, citing “administrative reasons.”
The U.N. Command is led by U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Walter Sharp. According to the U.N. Command, violations of the Korean War armistice agreement are supposed to be discussed through general officer talks. Sixteen rounds of general officer talks have been held at Panmunjom since 1998, most recently in March 2009 at North Korea’s request to talk about reducing tensions on the peninsula.