North, South Korea hold first high-level talks in two years

Top South and North Korean officials in charge of inter-Korean relations are meeting for the first time in nearly two years amid a series of conciliatory moves by North Korea after months of tensions on the divided peninsula. Government spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo said on Saturday that Unification Minister Hyun In-taek was meeting with visiting North Korean spy chief Kim Yang Gon who also handles inter-Korean affairs. The last time officials responsible for inter-Korean affairs met was in October 2007. The rare talks came a day after Kim and five other senior North Koreans flew to Seoul to pay their respects to the late Kim Dae-jung. Kim was a former South Korean president beloved on both sides of the border for his pursuit of closer ties between the divided states.