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Kim-Moon Summit Date Expected In Latest High-Level Inter-Korean Talks

The final date for a summit between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea is set.
The high-level talks will take place ahead of a historic summit on Friday, April 27th between the countries’ leaders.
A delegation from the North and South arrived at the border village of Panmunjom on Thursday, with positive things to say.
“There have been many historical events, including the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, when our combined efforts, strengths and determination,” stated Ri Son Gwon, Chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country – North Korea “With this in mind, I would like you to convey the North Korean people’s gratitude to South Korean government officials and their people.”
South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, center, shakes hands with a North Korean official as he crosses to North Korea for the meeting at the northern side of the Panmunjom in North Korea, Thursday, March 29, 2018. High-level officials from North and South Korea began talks at a border village Thursday to prepare for an April summit between their leaders amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the standoff over the North’s nuclear program. (Korea Pool via AP)
Officials planned the date and agenda of the summit between South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as global pressure mounts to end nuclear tensions on the peninsula.
Pyongyang was hit with stiffer and stiffer sanctions as it continued testing its nuclear and ballistic missiles program.
Seoul says denuclearization is still the top priority of the upcoming summit.
“The denuclearization of the Korean peninsula has been the most important part of the agenda since the high-level talks of January 9th and the exchange visits between North and South Korean envoys — that’s the issue we will focus on, stated Cho Myung-Kyun, South Korea’s Unification Minister.
The isolated state only began to soften tensions with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Head of the North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon before their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in January 2018. (Reuters/Photo)
Since then, Kim left his country for the first time since taking power in 2011 with a secret visit to China this week. This is something the White House says is a sign the maximum pressure campaign is working, and relations are moving in a good direction.
“Since becoming the leader of North Korea, leaving his country for the first time, for that meeting, and we consider that to be a positive sign that the maximum pressure campaign is continuing to work, and we are going to continue moving forward in this process and hopes for a meeting down the road,” said U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
South Korean officials echoed similar sentiments.
Officials will meet again on Wednesday, April 4 to plan the details of protocol, security, and media access ahead of the summit. It will be the first time leaders of the rival nations have met since 2007, and only their third summit ever.

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