Korea agree on third summit in Sept.

Frederick Owens
August 15, 2018

North and South Korea agreed on Monday to hold a summit in the North in September, another step towards boosting cooperation between the old rivals, even as doubts grow over efforts to end the North's nuclear weapons program.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is to visit the North Korean capital Pyongyang next month to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong-un.

A precise date for the third meeting has not been announced, and there appeared to be disagreements over when it would take place between the two sides, according to multiple reports.

At the leaders' first meeting in April, at the border village of Panmunjom, Mr Moon agreed to visit Pyongyang this autumn.

The agreement comes amid an ongoing nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyongyang.

"We explained that we need to help North Korea-US talks progress quickly and that there needs to be an establishment of dynamic where the inter-Korean relationship and the North Korea-US relationship improves in cycles", he said.

North Korea is thought to have a growing arsenal of nuclear bombs and long-range missiles and to be closing in on the ability to reliably target anywhere on the USA mainland.

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After a peace offering by Kim Jong Un in January, Moon was able to orchestrate his own summits with Kim, which were followed by Kim and Trump's meeting in June.

The delegations Monday are made up of senior officials handling inter-Korean issues for both countries.

Cross-border exchanges between the two Koreas have significantly increased since then, with the neighbours planning to hold reunions for war-separated families next week for the first time in three years. Among discussions focused on pushing the U.S. to honour its goodwill commitments to sanctions relief, negotiators from the South will be pushing for the North to publicly link its denuclearisation efforts to such sanctions relief and the provision of external aid.

Ri said the two sides had agreed on a date for the summit, but he declined to elaborate.

The South Korean envoy said he urged Pyongyang to accelerate its current nuclear negotiations with the United States.

A spokesman for South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Sunday officials hoped such details would be decided at Monday's talks.

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