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North Korea to start easing border restrictions on Friday
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 20 - 08 - 2009

North Korea is to begin lifting traffic restrictions at its border with South Korea on Friday, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported today, quoting South Korean officials, according to dpa.
Pyongyang announced on Monday that it would reopen its border to
South Korean tourists and allow reunions of divided families after
months of rising tensions between the two neighbours.
South Korea then approved the visit of a delegation from Pyongyang
for the funeral of ex-president Kim Dae Jung - the most senior
delegation from the North to visit the South in at least two years.
The North imposed restrictions on cross border traffic in December
2008 in protest at the tough line taken against it by conservative
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, who took office 10 months
earlier.
North Korea said the easing of border restrictions could lead to a
normalization of the flow of workers and goods travelling to the
joint factory zone in Kaesong, just inside North Korea.
The North Korean delegation is due to arrive in Seoul on Friday,
headed by two senior officials of the communist Workers' Party who
are believed to be senior aides to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
The delegation was due to leave on Saturday, a day before the
funeral Kim Dae Jung, who promoted efforts for a dialogue with the
North during his presidency from 1998-2003.
The North has also been sending signals it is ready for a dialogue
with the United States, following the visit to the North by former US
president Bill Clinton two weeks ago.


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