Two Koreas plan third summit of Kim, Moon next month

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Seoul. he two Koreas opened high-level talks Monday to prepare for a third summit between the South's President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong Un, amid the diplomatic thaw on the peninsula, reported AFP.

Representatives from the two Korea's meet today at the Panmunjom truce village, as they seek a third leader's summit and push for the U.S. to begin easing sanctions against the North.

Ri Son Gwon, North Korea's point man for inter-Korean relations, told reporters that the date has been set, but would not confirm exactly when in September the meeting would be held.

Kim Eui-keum, a spokesman for Moon, said that holding the summit before September 10 would be hard due to logistics.

Last week, Seoul's customs office announced that three South Korean firms imported North Korean coal and pig iron from Russian Federation on seven occasions between April and October past year in an apparent violation of the United Nations sanctions resolution.

All civilian communication between the two countries - which remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty - is banned unless approved by the governments.

This would be the third summit between both the leaders.

The two Koreas announced the plan for the summit on Monday after more than three hours of talks on their shared militarized border. Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun also met Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang in 2007.

The exact date and location of their next meeting have yet to be decided, but at their historic April summit in Panmunjom they agreed Moon would visit Kim in Pyongyang during the autumn.

Moon has always been an advocate for greater engagement with North Korea, dating back to his days as a key presidential aide in the 2000s.

North Korea is thought to have a growing arsenal of nuclear bombs and long-range missiles and to be closing in on the ability to reliably target anywhere on the USA mainland. At the summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and US President Donald Trump promised to provide a security guarantee for the North Korean regime. Find us on Facebook too!

US officials have told Reuters that North Korea had yet to agree to a timeline for eliminating its nuclear arsenal or to disclose its size, which USA estimates have put at between 30 and 60 warheads.

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