Two Koreas to hold 3rd working-level talks ahead of summit

Sunday, 2018-04-22 22:02:49
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People hold placards that read "Peace, reconciliation and cooperation on the Korean peninsula" during a rally to wish for a successful inter-Korean summit, in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, April 21, 2018. (Photo:Reuters)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will hold a third meeting of working-level officials to discuss security, protocol and press coverage issues ahead of the landmark summit of their two leaders slated for later this week, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said on April 22.

The meeting will be held in Tongilgak, on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on April 23, presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan told reporters in a briefing.

The preparatory meeting will likely focus on setting the details for the upcoming summit between RoK President Moon Jae-in and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un on April 27. The meeting will be the third inter-Korean summit and the first one in 11 years.

The April 27 inter-Korean summit will also be set up to enable live coverage of the meeting for local and foreign media, Cheong Wa Dae added.

In the meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump said on April 22 that the DPRK nuclear crisis is far from over, but the regime's willingness to denuclearize is "great" for the world.

"We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea (DPRK), maybe things will work out, and maybe they won't -- only time will tell," Trump tweeted.

"But the work I am doing now should have been done a long time ago!"

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