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(LEAD) N. Korea agrees to high-level inter-Korean talks March 29: ministry

All Headlines 11:35 March 24, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details from 4th para and file photo)

SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has accepted South Korea's proposal to hold high-level talks on March 29 to discuss the date and agenda items for an inter-Korean summit slated for late April, the Ministry of Unification said Saturday.

On Thursday, Seoul notified Pyongyang via a border communication channel of its proposal for talks next Thursday on the northern side of the border truce village of Panmunjom, saying the South's three-member delegation will be led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plan to hold a meeting in late April, the third summit, after meetings in 2000 and 2007.

A joint press corps file photo shows South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (R) and Ri Son-gwon, chairman of North Korea's Committee for Peaceful Reunification, meeting at Panmunjom on Jan. 9, 2018. (Yonhap)

"North Korea delivered its agreement via the border communication channel today, saying it will send a three-member delegation headed by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for Peaceful Reunification," said the ministry in a release.

"The government will make full preparations for the inter-Korean summit through the March 29 talks," it added.

Cho and Ri met at Panmunjom on Jan. 9 to hold the two Koreas' first formal talks in more than two years to discuss the North's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and ways to improve bilateral ties.

Ri later visited South Korea as part of Pyongyang's Olympic delegation, led by Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
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