Koreas to meet for high-level dialogue

The two Koreas are set to meet Tuesday for high-level talks after a seven-month hiatus, paving the way for mending inter-Korean ties that frayed over the communist North's missile launches and nuclear test. The resumed Cabinet-level meetings - the highest channel of dialogue between the Koreas - are the first concrete sign of eased tensions on the divided peninsula since Pyongyang's pledge on Feb. 13 at international arms talks to shut down its main nuclear reactor within 60 days. The Koreas almost immediately announced they would resume the high-level talks which last met in July, when the South refused to continue aid to the North after it test-fired a series of missiles. The countries' relations had further soured after the North's October nuclear test.