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S Korean delegation crosses border for inter-Korean talks

A South Korean delegation crossed the land border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) this morning to participate in an inter-Korean governmental talks amid mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

"The delegation has crossed the border," a spokesman of South Korea's Unification Ministry told Xinhua through telephone at 9 am local time (0000 GMT).

Kim Young-tak, director general of the Kaesong Industrial Complex Project Bureau under the South Korean Unification Ministry, didn't made any remarks upon his departure for DPRK's border city of Kaesong.

According to local news channel YTN, the talks will begin at 10:00 am local time (0100 GMT) at Kaesong.

It will be the first time that South Korea and the DPRK hold governmental talks since South Korean President Lee Myung-bak took office in February last year.

The DPRK side last Thursday offered to hold the talks with South Korea.

Earlier on Monday, South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Ho-nyoun said that Seoul will try to ensure the inter-Korean talks is "helpful for the safety of our citizens and the stable development of the Kaesong industrial complex."


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