Two Koreas Plan Third Summit of Kim, Moon in September

16 August, 2018, 15:01 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the inter Korean summit in April

Before the Moon-Kim summit, the inter-Korean summit meetings had been held only twice in 2000 and 2007 both in the DPRK's capital of Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-un will host South Korea's President Moon in the North Korean capital Pyongyang next month after the two nations agreed to go ahead with their third peace summit.

At their meeting in April, Kim and Moon signed a Panmunjom Declaration that calls for a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War and included a pledge to denuclearise the peninsula.

They, however, did not unveil the date of the meeting.

Representatives from the two Korea's meet today at the Panmunjom truce village, as they seek a third leader's summit and push for the USA to begin easing sanctions against the North.

The two Koreas agreed to hold the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September, according to a joint statement.

"What's very important is that both governments do all they ought to do regarding progressing all the issues on the agenda", Ri said.

"If the issues that were raised at the talks aren't resolved, unexpected problems could emerge and the issues that are already on the schedule may face difficulties", Moon said at the end of the meeting.

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"It would be hard in early September, which means until September 10", Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters, citing a "reason all reporters can guess".

North Korea's decision to return Suh last week marked the first such move since it repatriated a 40-year-old South Korean citizen in November 2011, after detaining him for 40 days.

Pyongyang has previously lavishly celebrated the occasion with military parades or mass games involving thousands of people performing acrobatic choreography in unison, and is expected this time to hold its first mass games for five years, boosting tourism revenues. As The Korea Herald reports, on September 9, North Korea will celebrate 70 years of existence under the regime that was founded by Kim Jong Un's grandfather, Kim Il Sung.

However, there is no information about the date and place of the meeting yet.

Critics of the agreement argued the Trump administration failed to get Kim to agree to specific action.

By contrast, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to come away empty-handed from a trip to Pyongyang following the June Singapore summit between President Trump and Kim, with North Korea blaming his "gangster-like mind-set".

Inter-Korean construction workers' game in Seoul is seen as a way to improve cooperation between the two countries.

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