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Citizens of both Koreas welcome first talks in over two years

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By Euronews
Citizens of both Koreas welcome first talks in over two years

Citizens in both Koreas have welcomed the first talks between the two countries in around two years. North Korea is now to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. A sign for some in Pyongyang change is on the way and the Olympics is a good chance to show the world a positive image of North Korea.

This optimism is also shared by citizens in South Korea as Seoul says it is prepared to lift some sanctions temporarily on North Korea so its officials can visit the Games.

But some world powers are questioning North Korea's motives.

According to NBC News correspondent in Seoul, Bill Neely, some people in Seoul and Washington believe Kim Jung Un's real motive for holding these talks is to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States to try to break their alliance.

Russia and China have welcomed the dialogue with China's foreign ministry saying it was pleased by all positive steps.

The talks are being watched closely by world leaders keen for any sign of a reduction in tension in the Korean peninsula as fears grow over the North's missile launches and development of nuclear weapons.