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Ruling party hopes new inter-Korean summit can improve N.K.-U.S. ties

All News 10:40 August 10, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- The ruling Democratic Party (DP) on Friday expressed hope that a new inter-Korean summit could pave the way for North Korea and the United States to make progress in Pyongyang's denuclearization.

The two Koreas will hold high-level talks Monday to discuss preparations for a new meeting between their leaders as both sides agreed in April to hold a summit again in the fall.

President Moon Jae-in held his first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 27, followed by another one on May 26.

North Korea and the United States held a historic summit in June in Singapore, but progress over resolving the North's nuclear problems have been slow as Pyongyang wants a declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War to be done before its denuclearization.

"We hope that (a new inter-Korean summit) could serve as a breakthrough at a time when the North and the U.S. are wrangling over which should be prioritized between denuclearization and a formal end to the war," Choo Mi-ae, the chairwoman at the DP, said at a meeting with senior party members.

She also voiced hope for better inter-Korean exchanges, driven by vibrant sports exchanges.

The Koreas' workers will hold friendly football matches on the weekend.

Seoul approved a trip by a group of young athletes to North Korea for their participation in international youth soccer games in Pyongyang next week. They will travel to Pyongyang via a western land route.

"We hope that the young football players' trip by land will help spur people's passages between the Koreas," Choo added.

This photo, taken Aug. 10, 2018, shows Choo Mi-ae, the chairwoman at the ruling Democratic Party, speaking at a meeting with senior party members. (Yonhap)


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