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South Korea today announced that it wants to do business with its one-time arch enemy and neighbor to the north. The South Korean government says it's lifting a 50-year-old ban on direct trade with and investment in North Korea because of theOctober nuke deal brokered by the U.S. The new trade opportunity gives South Korean businesses access to cheap labor and North Korea a flood of previously unavailable consumer goods. What's more, the initiative suggests that the two countries are finally ready to end their battles, says TIME State Department correspondentJ.F.O. McAllister. "There's been a lot of concern since the nuclear agreement that the South Koreans -- especially the extremists in the government -- are uneasy about talking to the North," says McAllister. "This is a sign that the moderates are winning and are definitely on a roll."Post your opinion on theInternationalbulletin board.