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North and South Korean officials are meeting to voice their concerns over the possible eruption of a volcano in the communist North. Scientists are divided whether the Mount Paektu volcano will ever erupt.
North and South Korea have agreed on a series of joint measures to study the risks of a potential volcanic eruption at a Mount Paektu on the North's border with China.
The talks took place on Tuesday in Kaesong and are the second round of talks on the volcano issue between the two Koreans.
The head of the South Korean delegation spoke at the border.
[Professor Yu In-chang, Head, South Korean Delegation]:
"South and North Korea have agreed that a joint research project on Mount Paektu's volcano should be bought forwards. The two sides have agreed to hold an academic conference in early May in Pyongyang or wherever is suitable, and conduct an on-site survey of Mount Paektu in mid-June."
The mountain last erupted in 1903, and some experts have recently warned that it may still have an active core, citing topographical signs and satellite images.
North Korea initiated the first round meeting which was held on March 29th.
South Korean scientists are divided over a potential volcanic eruption: some say an eruption could take place in 2014 or 2015, while others say they don't expect any eruption there in the near future.