22 September 2018

South Korean officials in North to arrange new summit

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North Korea has received a high-ranking South Korean presidential delegation in Pyongyang for talks to arrange anther inter-Korean summit this month, as talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled over disagreements on denuclearization.

The five-member delegation, led by South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s special envoy Chung Eui-yong, arrived in the North’s capital on Wednesday.

Chung said he planned to discuss ways to “completely denuclearize” the Korean Peninsula and establish “lasting peace.”

This is the same team that brokered a summit between the North’s leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in July.

It is not yet clear whether the South Korean delegation will meet Kim before flying back to the South later on Wednesday.

The delegates held a 20-minute meeting with senior North Korean officials Kim Yong-chol — who has been negotiating with the United States on nuclear issues — and Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the North’s agency that handles inter-Korean affairs, at Pyongyang’s Koryo hotel.

According to Moon’s office, the South Korean president on Tuesday held a 50-minute telephone conversation with his American counterpart, during which Trump said he would be waiting for the South Korean envoy to bring good news from Pyongyang.

2018.09.05 / 12:26
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