North, South Korea to hold summit in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20: Seoul

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a summit meeting between their leaders in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20, the South Korean government said Thursday, after a group of officials from Seoul visited the North’s capital to meet with leader Kim Jong Un.

During the meeting on Wednesday, Kim confirmed his commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula as well as to continue cooperation with the United States going forward, South Korean President Moon Jae In’s top security adviser Chung Eui Yong, said at a briefing.

(Kim Jong Un, left, and Moon Jae In at Panmunjeom in April 2018) 
[Korea Summit Press Pool]

On the idea of declaring an official end to the 1950-1953 Korean War, something the United States is reluctant to look at before seeing progress in the North’s denuclearization, Kim said such a declaration is unrelated to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in South Korea.

Chung headed the five-member special envoy delegation to Pyongyang which Moon had tasked with working out details of the envisioned third summit between the Korean leaders.

High-ranking officials from North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjeom border village in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas early next week to have «working-level discussions» on protocols, security, communication and reporting of the planned summit, Chung said.

During the delegates’ visit, the two Koreas also agreed to open an inter-Korean liaison office in the North Korean border city of Kaesong ahead of the September summit, he said.

Moon and Kim met at Panmunjeom in April and May in an atmosphere of reconciliation on the peninsula. The two countries have since agreed to hold a third summit sometime this month.

The planned Moon-Kim summit comes after U.S. President Donald Trump in late August nixed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea over a lack of progress in denuclearization talks between the United States and North Korea.

All — Kyodo News+

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