North, South Korea leaders to hold summit on Sept 18-20, Seoul says


International desk, September 06: North and South Korea agreed to hold a summit of their leaders in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20, and discuss “practical measures” to realize denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a senior South Korean official said on Thursday.

Chief of the national security office at Seoul’s presidential Blue House Chung Eui-yong meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea September 5, 2018. Picture taken September 5, 2018. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “reconfirmed his determination to completely denuclearise” the Korean peninsula, and expressed his willingness for close cooperation with South Korea and the United States in that regard, the South’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, told reporters a day after meeting Kim in Pyongyang, Reuters reported.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent Chung and other envoys to the North Korean capital on Wednesday to set the timing and agenda for the third inter-Korean summit this year, and to break the impasse in the talks between Washington and Pyongyang over dismantling the North’s nuclear program.