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    Seoul to Develop Projects Aimed at Reconciliation With Pyongyang

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    According to Minister of Strategy and Finance of South Korea, Seoul promised to complete a number of projects aimed at restoring good relations with Pyongyang.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Seoul intends to develop projects that could improve relations with Pyongyang, Minister of Strategy and Finance of South Korea Choi Kyoung-hwan said Wednesday.

    "We will work hard to construct the Peace Park in the DMZ [demilitarized zone], as well as to restore the railway communication through Gyeongui line connecting Seoul and the North Korean port of Wonsan," the minister said, addressing a meeting with the ruling Saenuri Party.

    South Korea turned off the loudspeakers broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda.
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    At the same time, Seoul has stated that it will significantly increase its 2016 military budget to improve the Armed Forces’ readiness for possible provocations from Pyongyang, Choi added.

    Relations between South Korea and the North Seoul are on a rise after the parties reached a deal Tuesday to defuse border tensions which escalated last week.

    On August 20, North Korea fired shells at a South Korean military base across the demilitarized zone in attempt to stop propaganda broadcasting from loudspeakers. Seoul responded with dozens of heavy artillery rounds.

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