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Academics try to bridge language gap between the two Koreas

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Mr Han, the chief editor of the dictionary project, with South (right) and North (left) Korean dictionaries at his office in Seoul. Mr Han is confident that a 2019 completion target could be met if the joint committee can go about its work uninterrupted.

Seoul

NORTH and South Korea have never found dialogue easy, but academics from both sides currently meeting in Pyongyang are trying to steer things in the right direction by at least getting them to speak the same language.

A 25-year-old effort to produce a unified Korean language