Seoul and Pyongyang trudge towards peace

Updated On: Jan 04, 2011

Both Koreas have indicated a willingness for dialogue, with North Korea calling for an end to confrontation and South Korean president Lee Myung-bak stating in his New Year's address that “the door for dialogue is still open”.

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said yesterday that the North Korean tone was “promising”, but that “words have to be followed by actions”. Both Seoul and Washington will therefore be looking for proof of Pyongyang’s seriousness to disarm before further negotiations.

Meanwhile, South Korea has deployed five anti-submarine patrol aircraft, in addition to the 11 planes already in operation, to guard against a potential attack by North Korea. 

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