Seoul, Pyongyang hold military talks as US detects ‘activity’ at N. Korea missile factory
North and South Korea held military talks to build trust on Tuesday, while the US detected renewed activity at a North Korean missile factory, Reuters reported. The meeting, their second since June, was held in the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The talks were designed to follow on from an inter-Korean summit in April at which leaders of the two Koreas agreed to defuse tensions and halt “all hostile acts.” The two sides are expected to discuss a possible cut in firearms and personnel stationed at the DMZ, as well as a joint excavation of the remains of soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War. On Monday, a senior US official said that US spy satellites had detected “renewed activity” at the North Korean factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US.