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Rival Koreas set to hold senior-level negotiations

EASING TENSIONS:The talks will not touch on issues of nuclear disarmament, but will include discussions on the Kaesong industrial complex and resuming tourism

AP, SEOUL

Pyongyang is trying to improve ties with Seoul because it very much wants dialogue with the US, which could give the North aid, ease international sanctions and improve its economy in return for concessions, said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korea studies at Dongguk University in Seoul.

Nuclear matters will not be on the table, Kim said, because Pyongyang wants issues related to its pursuit of atomic weapons resolved through talks with Washington or in broader, now-stalled international disarmament negotiations.

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