Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders’ summit
Sejuti Mourin: North and South Koreas are scheduled to meet on Monday for high-level talks in preparation for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the third such meeting between the leaders in recent months.
The announcement was made yesterday by the South’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean issues for Seoul and 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 US troops leave the Korean Peninsula, while Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear program.
A South Korean official at the Unification Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed the two Koreas will also discuss ways to push through tension-reducing agreements made during an earlier summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon. Among the agreements was holding another inter-Korean summit in the fall in Pyongyang.
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 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s several visits to North Korea.
-Source: The Washington Post