RoK, DPRK agree to hold summit on April 27 in Panmunjom

Friday, 2018-03-30 07:10:44
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The RoK delegation and the DPRK delegation attend a high-level dialogue at Tongilgak, a DPRK building in Panmunjom, March 29, 2018. (Photo:Xinhua)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on March 29 agreed to hold a summit on April 27 in the truce village of Panmunjom, the first meeting between the leaders of the two sides in 11 years.

The agreement was reached during a high-level dialogue between the two sides, which were held earlier in the day at Tongilgak, a DPRK building in Panmunjom.

A joint statement from the high-level talks said Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to hold their third summit on April 27 at Peace House, a RoK building in Panmunjom.

If held as agreed upon, top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un would become the country's first leader to set foot on the RoK territory since the 1950-53 Korean war ended in armistice.

The first and second inter-Korean summits were held in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007, respectively.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, who led the three-member RoK delegation to the high-level talks, told a press briefing that the two sides sufficiently exchanged views on the summit agenda.

If necessary, the two sides will hold another senior-level dialogue on the summit agenda in April, Cho said, noting that the two sides shared a view on preparations for the inter-Korean summit that is sincere and candid.

Based on a shared view that the April summit will have a significant, historical meaning in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, settling peace on the peninsula and developing inter-Korean relations, the RoK and the DPRK agreed to make joint efforts for the successful summit, the unification minister noted.

The two sides also agreed to hold working-level talks at the RoK side in Panmunjom on April 4 to discuss protocol, security service and press report. A separate dialogue on communications will also be held, according to the joint statement.

Other practical issues, which can be raised, will be discussed in the form of letter exchange, the joint statement said.

The inter-Korean summit would be followed by a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, who said he would meet the DPRK leader by the end of May.

* On the same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative Yang Jiechi held talks with Chung Eui-yong, top national security advisor to RoK President Moon Jae-in in Beijing.

Concerning the the Korean Peninsula issue, the Chinese side expects the smooth holding of the inter-Korean summit and the DPRK-US summit. China said it stands ready to strengthen communication and coordination with RoK to work together to further ease the situation of the Korean Peninsula and push forward the political solution process of the Korean Peninsula issue in connection with China's "dual-track approach" and good suggestions from relevant parties.

The RoK side expects China to continue to play an important role in the Korean Peninsula issue and is ready to make joint efforts together with China to push for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining regional peace and stability.

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