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Can We Talk?

North Korea, South Korea may agree to talks

The new year could bring renewed talks between North and South Korea, Bloomberg News reports. The two nations haven't held a summit since 2007, and neither of the participating leaders is still in office. North Korea scrapped the last attempt in late 2014.

North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un mentioned a possible summit earlier this week. South Korea said they'd agree — assuming there are no holds barred.

"The government's stance is that we will talk to North Korea in a way that is free from formalities for candid discussion on all kinds of issues," Unification Ministry spokesman Lim Byeong Cheol said Thursday at a briefing in Seoul.