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Koreas hold 'frank and candid' talks

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Koreas hold 'frank and candid' talks

Koreas hold 'frank and candid' talks
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North and South Korea have engaged in 'frank and candid' talks, but there has been no further mention of Pyongyang's summit invitation to South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, according to North Korea's state news agency, KCNA. The visit of the North's high-ranking delegation, which concluded on Sunday (February 11), has fascinated the South Korean public. But how genuine Pyongyang is about improving relations has been called into question.

The two Koreas are technically still at war after a conflict in the 1950s ended with an armistice, rather than a peace treaty. Any visit by President Moon would be considered a breakthrough for the leader, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to a standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

For now, scepticism remains. The South's main opposition party claims Pyongyang is attempting to fool its neighbours with "their peace offensive facade". And as both countries competed in the first weekend of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, a right-wing fringe group held anti-North Korea protests back in Seoul.