Lawmakers from North and South Korea met for the first time in nearly three years Friday to discuss easing their long rivalry, but they made no progress on a non-aggression pact or on the North's demand to be a co-host at the Olympic Games.
The two five-member delegations agreed to hold a second meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom on Saturday to see if they could agree on terms for full-scale parliamentary talks. Friday's meeting was the first between delegates from North and South since 1985.Chief South Korean delegate Park Joon-kyu said afterward that he rated chances for holding parliamentary talks at "50-50" and said North Korea will have to be more flexible.
The two Koreas, technically still at war, are archenemies with hundreds of thousands of troops along the 150-mile border. The two sides have no relations.
North Korea's chief delegate, Chon Kum Chol, said the two sides had yet to clear the way for the North's proposal for talks between their parliaments on a non-aggression pact and the Olympics. North Korea says it must be a co-host at the Olympics or it will boycott the Games. They start Sept. 17 in Seoul.