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FIRST MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO KOREAS, NORTH AND SOUTH, IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS

Seoul / The two Koreas finalize the details of the important meeting, the first in more than two years, which they celebrate this Tuesday with the focus on the North Korean participation in the Olympic Winter Games and the reduction of tension in the region.

The start of the meeting has been set for 10.00 South Korean time (1.00 GMT), as well as the composition of the two delegations that will sit down to speak.

At the head of the North Korean group will be Ri Son-gwon, who since November heads the entity in charge of managing South Korean affairs in Pyongyang and is a well-known face when it comes to North-South meetings, since since 2006 he has commanded several North Korean representations in meetings for military issues.

The South Korean delegation, which also consists of five members, will have the Unification Minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, as the maximum representative and will include two of his deputy ministers – one of whom, Chun Hae-sung, also has experience in meetings with the North.

It is the first time that Seoul sends a minister for Unification accompanied by deputies to a high-level meeting, which underscores the interest in making the most of this crucial meeting in order to mitigate the environment after an extremely tense 2017 on the peninsula.

The meeting is being held after the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, thanked New Year’s the dialogical predisposition shown by the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and expressed his desire to improve ties with the South and send a delegation to the PyeongChang Games.

However, the denuclearization of North Korea will remain for the moment not negotiable and the regime will continue opting for the development of its weapons program with the aim of deterring the United States to intervene in its territory, according to Kim in his New Year’s speech. (January 8, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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La noticia habla…
A
de la anulación de una reunión entre unos líderes coreanos.
B
de unos acuerdos tras una reunión entre las dos Coreas.
C
de la reunión que habrá entre Corea del Norte y Corea del Sur.
Question 2
Según el texto, ¿cuándo tendrá lugar esa reunión?
A
Pasado mañana por la tarde.
B
Mañana por la mañana.
C
La semana que viene por la mañana.
Question 3
Según el texto, Corea del Sur…
A
espera lograr que haya menos tensión en la península.
B
no tiene mucho interés en lograr un acuerdo en esa reunión.
C
ha enviado a personas de escasa relevancia a esa reunión.
Question 4
El líder de Corea del Norte…
A
agradeció que Corea del Sur quiera dialogar.
B
no cree que las relaciones con Corea del Sur mejoren.
C
se mostró indiferente sobre esa reunión entre las dos Coreas.
Question 5
Corea del Norte no participará en unas competiciones deportivas.
A
Verdadero.
B
Falso.
C
No se sabe.
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