SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is not in talks with North Korea about possible dates for a visit to Seoul by the North's leader Kim Jong-un, but all possibilities remain open, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Wednesday.
Cho made the remark during a parliamentary meeting amid unconfirmed media reports that the South has suggested to the North specific dates for Kim's visit and rumors that the government has begun preparations, such as making reservations for sites Kim could visit.
"No discussions are underway with North Korea about the schedule," Cho said.
Asked by a lawmaker about a rumor that the government has talked to the operator of Seoul Tower, a landmark on top of Mount Namsan, the minister said he knows nothing about it.
Cho also said that it is possible for Kim's visit to the South to materialize within this year, but it is also possible that the promised visit can be adjusted depending on the situation.
Kim agreed to visit Seoul in the near future when he held his third summit with President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang in September.
Talk of the possibility of his trip gained traction after U.S. President Donald Trump indicated during a recent meeting with Moon that he doesn't mind if Kim's trip to the South takes place before his second summit with Kim.
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