South Korean officials, including National Security director Kim Kwan-jin (right, foreground) shake hands with North Korean officials, including Hwang Pyong-so (left, foreground), then North Korea's top political officer for the Korean People's Army, in August 2015. On Tuesday, the two Koreas are set to have their first high-level bilateral dialogue in more than two years. Photo: South Korean Unification Ministry via AP

North Korea returns to talks with South Korea, this time with higher stakes

Andrew Hammond says the return of inter-Korean dialogue has brought relief, but after so many threats between the North and the US, the failure of these talks may carry much starker consequences this time

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South Korean officials, including National Security director Kim Kwan-jin (right, foreground) shake hands with North Korean officials, including Hwang Pyong-so (left, foreground), then North Korea's top political officer for the Korean People's Army, in August 2015. On Tuesday, the two Koreas are set to have their first high-level bilateral dialogue in more than two years. Photo: South Korean Unification Ministry via AP
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