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South Korea plans to send 200-member delegation to summit in Pyongyang

The South Korean government plans to send a 200-member delegation to Pyongyang for the third summit meeting this year between the two Koreas, a government official said Monday.

The delegation to the Sept. 18-20 summit will include about 50 members of the press as well as South Korean government protocol, security and administrative support staff, according to the official. It may also include some senior lawmakers.

Im Jong Seok, President Moon Jae In’s chief of staff and head of a summit preparation committee, told a briefing on Monday that the government will ask the heads of major political parties, both ruling and opposition, to accompany Moon to the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The summit will be the third this year between Moon and Kim, following ones in April and May, both of which were held in the Panmunjeom border village in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Koreas.

The dates for the third inter-Korean summit were fixed during a visit to Pyongyang by senior South Korean government officials last week.

The next summit comes after U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in late August over the lack of progress in denuclearization talks between the United States and North Korea.

All — Kyodo News+

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