North and South begin to unite

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a meeting with their respective leaders at the end of April at the joint security area of Panmunjom.

 

Chung Eui-yong, the SoKor president’s national security adviser, announced the summit on Tuesday after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang the day before.

 

North Korea has agreed to temporarily halt missile and nuclear tests if the U.S. holds talks with the North, as the North would not need to develop nuclear weapons if its safety is guaranteed, Chung said.

 

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The North’s Korean Central News Agency, also known as the KCNA, reported on Tuesday that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, held a hearty talk with the visiting South Korean special delegation and agreed to advance inter-Korean ties after decades of turmoil.

 

Kim met the envoys, led by Chung Eui-yong, chief of the presidential National Security Office, in the hearty talks and over a fine dining dinner on Monday in North Korea’s Workers’ Party headquarters in Pyongyang.

 

During the meeting between the two Korean delegations, Chung handed over a personal letter from South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, to Kim. Both sides then proceeded to exchange in-depth views on easing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and activating the versatile as well as peaceful dialogue, contact, cooperation and exchanges.

 

China, North Korea’s closest ally, also welcomed the interactions between the two Koreas. China hopes the interactions between the two Koreas can extend to include interactions between North Korea and the United States.

 

Following their trip to North Korea, the South Korean envoys will visit Washington to meet with officials from the Trump administration.

 

Seoul may continue using dubious diplomatic terms to deal with Pyongyang’s nuclear topics, even in the summit between Kim and Moon, until the conditions are ripe enough for talks between the US and North Korea.

 

Reference: Two Koreas agree to leaders’ summit as North voices openness to denuclearization

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