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Third inter-Korean summit may be held in late August in Pyongyang

(Xinhua)    13:43, August 13, 2018

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) launched high-level talks on Monday to discuss the date and venue for a third summit between top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and ROK President Moon Jae-in later this month. 

The talks started at 10 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) in Tongilgak, a DPRK building in the border village of Panmunjom, according to the joint press corps report.

The ROK's delegation was led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, while Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, headed the DPRK's delegation.

The two sides will discuss the schedule and venue for the third summit between the leaders of the two countries. 

Moon and Kim met in Panmunjom on April 27 for the first time, agreeing to hold another summit in Pyongyang in the fall. They met again on May 26. Before the Moon-Kim summit, the inter-Korean summit meetings have been held only twice in 2000 and 2007, all in Pyongyang, the capital city of the DPRK.

“As the Pyongyang summit of the leaders of North (DPRK) and South Korea (ROK) is being pursued, I believe that we can give concrete answers to the problems that the people hope and wish for,” Ri said during the talks, according to the ROK Unification Ministry.

Citing an unidentified ROK official, the Kookmin Ilbo newspaper reported earlier on Monday that the next summit could be held as soon as late August.

The schedule had mostly been coordinated with the DPRK and the summit would likely be held in Pyongyang, it said.

“We hope that the timing, venue and the size of the delegation that will visit North Korea (DPRK) will be decided,” Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said, declining to comment on specifics.

ROK Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon shakes hands with his DPRK counterpart Ri Son Gwon before their meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone, DPRK, August 13, 2018. /Reuters Photo

During Monday's talks, the two Koreas are also likely to discuss what has been implemented since their previous summits, especially on their promised efforts to expand cross-border exchanges and cooperation.

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