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N., S. Korea to hold 11th ministerial talks July 9.

SEOUL, July 2 Kyodo

North and South Korea plan to hold the 11th ministerial talks as scheduled from next Wednesday in Seoul, South Korea's Unification Ministry said Wednesday.

The two Koreas agreed in their previous ministerial talks held in Pyongyang in April to hold the talks for four days from next Wednesday in Seoul.

At the upcoming talks, the two sides are expected to take up issues related to boosting inter-Korean reconciliation and economic cooperation, as well as the standoff arising from the North's suspected nuclear weapons program.

The inter-Korean ministerial talks were held to follow up through a set of agreements produced at the 2000 inter-Korean summit between then South Korean President Kim Dae Jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Tensions have arisen on the Korean Peninsula since last October when the U.S. said North Korea admitted to having a secret uranium enrichment program to make nuclear weapons in violation of a 1994 antinuclear pact.
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Date:Jul 8, 2003
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