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The U.S.-led United Nations Command and North Korea met for the first time since the March 26 Cheonan sinking yesterday to arrange a meeting among generals to discuss the fatal incident, but reached no tangible agreement, according to the UNC.

The UNC said colonel-level representatives from its Military Armistice Commission met their counterparts from the Korean People’s Army Panmunjom Mission of North Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom at 10 a.m. It came two days after the working-level meeting was postponed by the North, citing administrative reasons.

At the meeting, which lasted for 90 minutes, both sides offered proposals for a general-level meeting, but didn’t set a date for a follow-up, the UNC said.

“Both sides heard from each other about the time, methodology and procedure of a general-level meeting each proposed,” said a UNC spokesman. “Both will consult with their respective superiors about what was discussed today and, if judged necessary, they will either hold another colonel-level meeting or agree to hold a general-level meeting.”

The UNC has overseen the armistice agreement since the Korean War. General-level meetings between the UNC and the KPA were started in 1998 by mutual agreement as a confidence-building measure.

By Moon Gwang-lip [joe@joongang.co.kr]
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