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dateline: 10 January 2018

North and South Korea Meet in DMZ

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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.

4 Comments on North and South Korea Meet in DMZ

  1. Teddi says:

    HI Tara:
    I enjoyed this week’s news story and look forward to the next one. The comprehension questions and the gapfill are very useful. Thanks for keeping the stories short, so they can be easily studied.

    I look forward to following North Korea and Russia at the Olympics this year! Thanks for building interest with those two stories.

  2. joseph says:

    Hello eveybody
    The position of Noth Korea is getting better after their threat of bombing toward the south Korea
    I think that competition on a stadium is better than fighting with the weapons
    Peace is better than war….Shake hands together

  3. Alberto says:

    In my humble opinion North Korea’s president has changed the way he is acting because China is starting to stop supporting him.

  4. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, this week’s news report is very easy for me because I understood it very well in the first step that listened to it without seeing the text.

    Third, it’s good news for all of us that North and South Korea held a face-to-face meeting. I believe one goal of Olympics games is friendship between countries, so we see in this case two countries held the first peace talks in over two years.

    Fourth, about the word cheerleader the Cambridge Dictionary also says:
    “someone who strongly supports a particular idea or person”.

    Thus, it looks like the above word has two different meanings that one of them has been presented by the above text.

    Have a nice weekend and best wishes,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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