Inter-Korea deal ‘turning point’ in North-South ties



Inter-Korea deal ‘turning point’ in North-South ties

A North Korean negotiator involved in the recent high-level peace talks with the South has hailed the outcome of the discussions as a "dramatic turning point" for relations between the two neighbors.


Kim Yang-Gon, a senior official in charge of South Korea affairs, said on Thursday that the deal reached at the talks carried the potential for an improvement in cross-border ties, reported the North’s official KCNA news agency.
The agreement not only resolved a "touch-and-go situation," but also represented a "dramatic turning point for peace, stability, reconciliation and cooperation," Kim said.
The official also called on Seoul and Pyongyang to avoid complacency in a bid to maintain the momentum created by the accord, emphasizing that "both sides" should learn a lesson from the recent crisis.
"We will actively make efforts to improve relations," he said.

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Thai police examine Turkish role in Bangkok blast

Police in Thailand have launched a probe into whether Turkish nationals were involved in a recent blast in the capital Bangkok.

Officials said on Thursday that they were checking the arrivals of Turkish nationals in Thailand in the days leading to August 17, when the blast killed 20 people in Bangkok’s Hindu Erawan Shrine.
Turkey was infuriated last month after Thailand deported more than 100 Turkic-speaking Uighurs to China, with people in Istanbul staging a demonstration in front of the Thai consulate.
Turks say they share many cultural and religious characteristics with the Uighurs who are mostly based in far west China and complain about discrimination by the Chinese government.
According to the Thai media, an investigation has been launched into the arrival of 15 to 20 Turkish people in Thailand over the two weeks before the blast.
“There are probably more Turkish people coming into Thailand than that. We investigated groups which may have come into the country,” Prawut Thavornsiri, the spokesman for Thai national police, said.
Observers say the attack on the shrine may have been in retaliation for Thailand’s decision on July 9 to deport Uighurs to China. They say a famous Turkish gang known as the Grey Wolves could be the prime suspect in the case.

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