Moon, Trump speak by phone on eve of North Korea trip by South Korean envoy

South Korean President Moon Jae In and U.S. President Donald Trump held talks over the telephone on Tuesday, on the eve of the departure of a South Korean presidential envoy to North Korea to discuss plans for third inter-Korean summit.

«President Moon explained in detail that the special envoy will be sent to prepare for S. Korea-N. Korea summit and to settle permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula through denuclearization,» the presidential office said in a statement.

It showed that Trump wished for a fruitful result from the upcoming inter-Korean summit, which is expected to take place sometime this month.

Moon plans to meet with Trump later this month when he visits the United States to attend the opening of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, at which time they will discuss future strategy regarding issues on the Korean Peninsula, according to the statement.

Moon on Sunday appointed his top security adviser Chung Eui Yong to lead a five-member delegation to visit North Korea.

The delegation will include Suh Hoon, chief of the National Intelligence Service, Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae Sung, Yun Kun Young, presidential secretary for state affairs, and Kim Sang Gyun, a senior NIS official.

Those five members met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in March when they traveled to Pyongyang to plan the historic summit in April 27 between Moon and Kim at the border village of Panmunjeom.

The two leaders held a second summit there on May 26.

North and South Korea agreed in high-level talks on Aug. 13 to hold third inter-Korean summit sometime in September in Pyongyang.

The South Korean delegation will fly directly to North Korea on Wednesday over the Yellow Sea and return to Seoul the same day.


All — Kyodo News+

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