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South Korean envoys leave for North Korea to discuss summit details

A group of South Korean envoys left for Pyongyang by plane on Wednesday to hammer out details of the next inter-Korean summit slated to take place sometime this month in the North Korean capital.

The five-member delegation, led by Chung Eui Yong, President Moon Jae In’s top security adviser, departed from a military airport near Seoul. They will fly directly to North Korea over the Yellow Sea.

The South Korean envoys will discuss topics such as a concrete schedule for the next summit, ways to improve inter-Korean relations, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the two Koreas’ goal of reaching a peace settlement, presidential office spokesman Kim Eui Kyum earlier told reporters.

The delegation also includes 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.

On Tuesday, Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump held talks over the telephone.

Trump said he hoped for a fruitful result from the dispatch of the presidential envoys while Moon promised to brief Washington on their talks with North Korean officials, according to the South Korean and U.S. governments.

The two Koreas agreed in high-level talks on Aug. 13 to hold another inter-Korean summit sometime in September in Pyongyang, but specifics have yet to be discussed.

If held, the meeting will be the third summit between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following ones on April 27 and May 26.

All — Kyodo News+

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