Report: North Korea and South Korea holding first talks in years

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(CNN) — North Korean and South Korean officials held their first government-level talks in years on Sunday, South Korean media reported.

The talks were held in the village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. They come days ahead of an inter-Korean ministerial meeting planned for Wednesday at the request of the South’s unification minister, Ryoo Kihl-jae.

The talks are another sign of improvement in the severely strained relations between the two Koreas.

Pyongyang on Friday reconnected a hotline between the two sides that it had severed amid recent tensions.

North Korea set off months of tensions with a long-range rocket launch in December followed by an underground nuclear test in February.

The North broke the impasse between the two sides over the Kaesong Industrial Zone — a shared industrial complex and major symbol of cooperation between the two countries where Pyongyang halted activity in April — by…

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