Koreas to Meet to Prepare for Leaders Summit

Seoul, The Koreas will meet Monday for high-

level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader

Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea

said, the third such meetings between the leaders in recent months.

The announcement today by the South’s Unification Ministry,

which handles inter-Korean issues for Seoul, comes amid attempts by

Washington and Pyongyang to follow through on nuclear disarmament

vows made at a summit in June between President Donald Trump and

Kim.

Pyongyang has also stepped up its calls for a formal end to the

Korean War, which some analysts believe is meant to be the first step

in the North’s effort to eventually see all 28,500 U.S. troops leave the

Korean Peninsula. Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving

up its nuclear program.

The rival Koreas may try to seek a breakthrough amid what

experts see as little progress on nuclear disarmaments between

Pyongyang and Washington despite the Singapore summit in June

and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s several visits to North

Korea.

The inter-Korean meeting on Monday will be held at Tongilgak,

a North Korean-controlled building in the border village of Panmunjom.

It wasn’t clear who would attend the talks, but such meetings have

typically been handled in the past by South Korea’s unification minister

and his counterpart in the North. It also wasn’t clear when another

summit might happen, but if the April 27 summit agreements are

followed through, the leaders will likely meet in Pyongyang in the next

couple of months.

Kim and Moon met in April at a highly publicized summit that

saw the leaders hold hands and walk together across the border, and

then again in a more informal summit in May, just weeks before Kim

met Trump in Singapore, the Associated Press (AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency

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