South Korean Vice Unification Minister Hwang Boogi (2nd L) talks with his North Korean counterpart Jon Jong Su (2nd R) during their meeting at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in Kaesong, North Korea, December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Yonhap
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North and South Korea started the second day of high-level talks at a North Korean border town Saturday, a promising sign of reconciliation efforts after stepping away from a military standoff in August.No major developments were expected from the presumably last day of the meetings between vice-ministerial officials in Kaesong, where the discussions stretched late into the night Friday before the two sides decided to extend the talks.Analysts have said cash-strapped North Korea might seek the South's commitment to restart joint tours to its scenic Diamond Mountain resort, which were suspended by Seoul in 2008 following the shooting death of a South Korean tourist there by a North Korean soldier.Analysts say quick improvements in ties are unlikely because the rivals remain far apart on major issues, such as Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions and the broad economic sanctions the South has imposed on the North since 2010, when Seoul blamed a North Korean torpedo for a warship sinking that killed 46 South Koreans.
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