- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2001

SEOUL — South and North Korea talked yesterday about reviving a host of stalled projects that had been aimed at promoting peace on their divided peninsula after a half-century of conflict.
Negotiators from the two sides announced many proposals, including more reunions of separated family members, reconnection of a cross-border railway line and the construction of a North Korean industrial park for businesses from the South.
Details have yet to be worked out, and the huge array of troops and weapons on both sides of the border between the two Koreas is a reminder that the peace process remains fragile and prone to delays.
The North's chief delegate, Kim Ryong Song, also proposed discussing the supply of Southern electricity to the impoverished North, as well as the repatriation of a handful of former pro-communist prisoners barred from leaving South Korea.
Both are sensitive issues in South Korea, where the political opposition has accused President Kim Dae-jung of making too many concessions to the North.
Originally scheduled for March, the Cabinet-level negotiations in Seoul were suspended because of tension between North Korea and the United States.
The South's chief negotiator, Unification Minister Hong Soon-young, proposed that inter-Korean Red Cross talks be held soon to help reunite families separated for five decades. The delegates planned to hold more talks today.

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