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November 14, 2007: North and South Korean leaders meet after 15 years

The two sides last held prime ministerial talks in 1992

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North Korea's Prime Minister Kim-Yang-il with his South Korean counterpart Han Duck-soo during at the inter-Korean meeting in Seoul. - Gulf News Archives
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2007 - The prime ministers of North and South Korea met for the first time in 15 years, hoping to extend the detente fostered by the second-ever summit of their leaders last month with new South Korean investment in the impoverished North. North Korean Prime Minister Kim Yong-il said after arriving in Seoul on a direct flight from Pyongyang that he thought the three days of talks would “go well in a warm atmosphere” based on his welcome. The two sides last held prime ministerial talks in 1992 that were suspended amid the first crisis over the North’s nuclear weapons programme. Kim ranks below the top members of the North’s ruling elite: leader Kim Jong-il and the country’s No 2 official Kim Yong-nam. He is meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, who is the deputy of South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. The North-South talks come amid progress in international efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear programs.

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