The Koreas: For Once, No Name-Calling

For Once, No Name-Calling

Against a backdrop of pro-unification student rallies in Seoul, South and North Korean parliamentary representatives met at Panmunjom last week. For once there was no name-calling. In fact, the delegates used the official names of their respective countries -- the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Agreement on this small but important point made for an amiable start to the first discussions between the two countries in more than 2 1/2 years. The two sides, however, deadlocked over arrangements for a full-scale meeting between parliamentarians. Pyongyang wants to include some 650 members of its Supreme People's Assembly...

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