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
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
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