DPRK agrees to high-level inter-Korean talks March 29: ministry

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A joint press corps file photo shows RoK Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (R) and Ri Son-gwon, chairman of DPRK's Committee for Peaceful Reunification, meeting at Panmunjom on January 9, 2018. (Photo:Yonhap)
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has accepted the Republic of Korea (RoK)'s proposal to hold high-level talks on March 29 to discuss the date and agenda items for an inter-Korean summit slated for late April, the RoK Ministry of Unification said on March 24.

On March 23, Seoul notified Pyongyang via a border communication channel of its proposal for talks next Thursday (March 29) on the northern side of the border truce village of Panmunjom, saying the RoK's three-member delegation will be led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

RoK President Moon Jae-in and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un plan to hold a meeting in late April, the third summit, after meetings in 2000 and 2007.

The DPRK “delivered its agreement via the border communication channel today, saying it will send a three-member delegation headed by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for Peaceful Reunification”, said the ministry in a release.

"The government will make full preparations for the inter-Korean summit through the March 29 talks," it added.

Cho and Ri met at Panmunjom on January 9 to hold the two Koreas' first formal talks in more than two years to discuss the DPRK's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and ways to improve bilateral ties.

Ri later visited RoK as part of Pyongyang's Olympic delegation, led by Kim Yo-jong, sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.

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