North-South Korea Summit Set for Mid-September

A five-person South Korean delegation, led by President Moon Jae-in's top security adviser, visited the North Korean capital Wednesday and agreed to hold an inter-Korean Summit September 18-20. South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said Thursday that high-level talks will be held early next week at Panmunjom "to discuss protocol, security, communications and media coverage as a part of preparations for the summit." Wednesday's meeting took place amid the backdrop of U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt cancellation of a trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, because the White House felt Pyongyang had not made sufficient progress toward denuclearization.  The one-day meeting between North and South Korea focused on establishing permanent peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula and practical measures of denuclearization. "Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment for complete denuclearization of Korean peninsula," said Chung, "and expressed his willingness for close cooperation not only with South Korea but also with the United States in that regard." Tentative date Chung also said Kim wished to denuclearize and end hostilities with Washington before 2021, adding that the North Korean leader's faith in Trump is "unchanged." The U.S. President responded on Twitter, "Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.'"  The Seoul and Pyongyang delegations also agreed to take steps to ease military tensions and "decided to reach an agreement at the inter-Korean summit on concrete plans to establish mutual trust and prevent military clashes."  Chung announced the two governments would open a joint liaison office with resident representatives before the next summit and "continue necessary cooperation," as well. No pathways to denuclearization announced  Despite the diplomatic difficulties between Pyongyang and Washington, Seoul continues to encourage both parties to proceed with peace and denuclearization processes. Troy University International Relations lecturer Daniel Pinkston... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, North-South Korea Summit Set for Mid-September, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you North-South Korea Summit Set for Mid-September





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 6 September, 2018



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