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North, South Korea to hold 3rd peace summit September

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The North and south Korean leaders have agreed to hold an inter-korean summit to discuss issues on the permanent settlement of peace and ways to ease tensions between the countries, Director, Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja, Sungrae Han announced on Tuesday.

The summit which is set to hold spetember 18th – 20th at Pyeongyang, North Korea also aims to establish common prosperity on the Korean Peninsula particularly practical measures to realize denuclearization on the Peninsula.

Han in a statement noted that the upcoming meeting between President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong Un will mark the third summit between the two Koreas.

He informed that a high-ranking working-level meeting will be held  at Panmunjeom early next week to discuss protocol, security, communications and media coverage as a part of preparations for the summit.

Han further stated that the inter-korean summit is a follow up of previous summits, held respectively in April 27th and May 26th at Panmunjeom, where the two sides adopted “The Panmunjeom Declaration” through which the common goal of complete denuclearization was reiterated.

Han stated “The Director of National Security, Chung Eui-yong visited Pyeongyang on September 5th to extensively discuss on issues ranging from the development of inter-Korean relations to denuclearization and the settlement of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

“The meeting was also attended by Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Yong Chol and other high-ranking officials, and they had in-depth and wide-ranging discussions concerning various pending issues on inter-Korean relations, including the holding of an inter-Korean summit.

“As the result, the South and North agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit September.

 “The two sides also came to an agreement to examine, during the upcoming inter-Korean summit, the outcome of the implementation of the Panmunjeom Declaration and confirm how to push for the Declaration going forward.

“The discussions at the summit will also be centered around the permanent settlement of peace and common prosperity on the Korean Peninsula as well as, particularly, practical measures to realize denuclearization on the Peninsula.

“Second, Chairman Kim Jong Un reconfirmed his determination to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and expressed his willingness for close cooperation not only with the South but also with the United States in that regard.

“Third, the two sides also agreed to continue to make progress in the ongoing inter-Korean talks to ease military tensions and decided to reach an agreement at the inter-Korean summit on concrete plans to establish mutual trust and prevent military clashes.

“Fourth, it was also agreed that South and North Korea would open a joint liaison office with resident representatives of both sides before the summit and continue necessary cooperation.

“The countries concerned, including the United States, will be briefed with the results of the visit by the special envoys to the North and closely work together with them.

“South and North Korea will make additional substantive progress in further developing inter-Korean relations, denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and settling peace by making consistent endeavors with patience going forward”.

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