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dateline: 10 January 2018

North and South Korea Meet in DMZ

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • border: the area where two regions meet
  • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ): an area between North and South Korea where military action is not allowed
  • tension: stress and anger
  • cheerleader: a person who dances and chants to support an athlete or team

North and South Korea Meet in DMZ

North and South Korea held a face-to-face in a border town in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) this week. The of North and South Korea listened in during the meeting. The sides agreed to hold military talks to tension in the region. North Korea also agreed to send a group of representatives, , and cheerleaders to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang this February. These were the first talks between North and South Korea in over two years.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the meeting take place?
  2. What did North and South Korea agree to discuss at future meetings?
  3. What did North Korea agree to do in February?

Discussion Questions

Why do you think North Korea is engaging in peace talks at this time?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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