Leaders of Two Koreas Meet on April 27th

30 March, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Jason Torres
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Seoul's Unification Minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, one of three South Korean participants in Thursday's talks, told reporters that setting up discussions between the leaders on ways to rid the North of its nuclear weapons would be a critical point. Officials from the two Koreas met to discuss a scheduled inter-Korean summit in April at Panmunjom and they reached an agreement on the date and venue for the summit.

According to South Korean government officials, the two sides had agreed earlier this month to hold a Summit at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

"President Xi exchanged opinions with Kim Jong Un over a long period of time", Yang said through a translator in his meeting with Chung.

The Kim-Moon summit will precede a bombshell encounter between the young North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump - the first time a sitting US leader has met with a member of the Kim dynasty.

South Korean interlocutors who participated in the high-level dialogue Thursday included Unification Minister Cho, Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung and Yoon Young-chan, senior presidential secretary for public affairs.

At a regular press briefing in Beijing today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said it hopes positive momentum can be sustained as the date has been set for the first Summit between the two countries. Take a listen. 16 "South and North Korea agreed to work together to successfully hold an inter-Korean summit, in view of the historic significance it would have in terms of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, building peace, and improving inter-Korean relations".

Suga declined to say if a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being discussed.

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The talks follow a surprise meeting this week between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping which appeared to be aimed at improving both countries' positions ahead of Kim's planned summits with Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The two sides will hold another preparatory talks on April 4 to discuss various issues like protocol, security and media coverage issues. During his China trip, Kim again stated he wanted to "resolve" the issue of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, according to Chinese state media.

File image of Kim Jong-un. "The April summit will be another start of a great journey to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, bring peace to the peninsula and develop inter-Korean ties", he said in his closing remarks on Thursday.

However, the North has yet to officially confirm its interest in a summit between the leaders.

Thursday's North and South Korean delegations were both headed by the same men who engaged in the first negotiations in January, after Pyongyang agreed to reopen diplomatic communications with Seoul.

Trump wrote on Twitter he had received a message from Xi late on Tuesday that his meeting with Kim "went very well" and that Kim looked forward to meeting the US president.

But a rapid rapprochement on the peninsula was kicked off by the Winter Olympics in the South and events have moved quickly since then, with a flurry of official visits between the two Koreas.

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