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Koreas set to hold high-level talks to discuss implementation of summit agreement

All News 07:00 June 01, 2018

SEOUL, June 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and North Korea are set to hold high-level talks Friday to discuss steps to implement the agreement reached by their leaders during their April summit.

Officials of the two Koreas will start high-level talks at 10 a.m. at the truce village of Panmunjom in the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas, according to the unification ministry.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon leads South Korea's five-member delegation, including Vice Transport Minister Kim Jeong-ryeol and Vice Culture Minster Roh Tae-kang.

The North's five-member team is headed by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country. It also includes Vice Railroad Minister Kim Yun-hyok and Vice Sports Minister Won Kil-u.

The meeting is intended to discuss follow-up measures to the agreement that South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reached in their historic April 27 summit.

In the Panmunjom Declaration, they agreed to halt all hostile acts against each other, open a joint liaison office in the North's border city of Kaesong and vowed various cooperation efforts.

They promised to hold a reunion of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War on the occasion of the Aug. 15 Liberation Day.

"We will likely discuss the opening of a liaison office and possible other projects that South and North Korea can push for together at the current point," Cho earlier said. "Setting the schedules for the inter-Korean military, Red Cross meetings and talks on sports could also be discussed."

During the high-level talks, the two Koreas could also discuss details related to arranging joint events to mark the June 15 declaration adopted after the first inter-Korean summit in 2000.

The meeting was originally scheduled for May 16, but the North abruptly called it off at the last minute, taking issue with joint military drills between South Korea and the United States.

In an apparently hastily arranged second inter-Korean summit last week, the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to hold high-level talks to map out detailed steps to implement the Panmunjom Declaration.


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