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(LEAD) Moon, Kim to take joint trip to Mount Paekdu on Thursday

All Headlines 15:34 September 19, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details, additional information from 5th para)

SEOUL/PYONGYANG, Sept. 19 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take a joint excursion early Thursday to North Korea's Mount Paekdu, according to Moon's spokesman.

The two leaders will embark on the one-day trip on the last day of Moon's three-day visit to North Korea, Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing Wednesday in Pyongyang, televised live in South Korea.

Other details of the trip still need to be decided, he added.

The proposed trip comes at a suggestion from the North Korean leader. Moon is scheduled to return home Thursday, the spokesman said.

Mount Paekdu, which sits on the North's border with China, is the tallest mountain on the entire Korean Peninsula.

While meeting with Kim for the first time in April, Moon said he had been invited to climb the mountain from the Chinese side but that he had turned down such invitations.

He said his wish was to visit the mountain from North Korea, implying that he hoped for improved inter-Korean relations to the level that he and any other South Korean may be able to visit the North Korean mountain from the North.

The leaders' joint trip to the mountain will follow their two-day talks, in which they agreed to further reduce military tension between their countries.

In a military agreement signed by their defense chiefs, the divided Koreas agreed never to use force against each other under any circumstances.

The two Koreas have also agreed to begin the construction work to reconnect their cross-border railways and roads before the year's end.


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