Thursday, February 10, 2011

China urges Koreas to resume dialogue

Forward progress may still be possible, as authorities in Beijing have urged North and South Korea to put their differences aside and resume dialogue, a day after the acrimonious collapse of talks that were aimed at easing tensions.

Meanwhile, South Korea indicated it would allow 31 North Koreans who drifted into its waters to return home, with North Korea demanding their return. The North Koreans were on a fishing boat that crossed over the sea border Saturday, and they were taken to Incheon for questioning by South Korean authorities.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it will respect the “free will” of the individuals, who have not expressed any desire to defect.

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