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North and South Korea agree to hold summit

North and South Korea agree to hold summit

"So now he's knocking on South Korea's door".

South Korea and North Korea have agreed to hold a summit of their leaders late next month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top security adviser said Tuesday on the outcome of his trip to the communist North. Moon's envoys were reciprocating her trip.

"Hearing the intention of President Moon Jae-in for a summit from the special envoy of the south side, (Kim Jong-un) exchanged views and made a satisfactory agreement", the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said of this week's meeting.

Smiling for cameras, Kim posed with the South Koreans and presided over what was described as a "co-patriotic and honest atmosphere".

Another important member of the delegation is Yun Kun-young, a senior Blue House official and one of Moon's closest and longest-serving aides. The talks were the first of their kind in more than two years.

The reclusive North Korean leader had talks with the South Korean officials and hosted a welcome dinner, apparently reflecting his willingness to improve his country's ties with the South.

As it announced on its return to Seoul, high-level delegation of South that spoke in Pyongyang with Kim Jong-UN, meeting between leaders of two Koreas first in eleven years and third of all history, will be held in Panmunjom, in demilitarized zone separating two countries. They returned today (Tuesday).

It was the first time South Korean officials set foot in the Workers' Party headquarters, the South Korean presidential spokesman said.

US officials say Kim is getting dangerously close to achieving the ability to strike the United States with nuclear-tipped missiles.

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"We are willing to engage North Korea to emphasize our position that the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is non-negotiable", it said. Pyongyang has previously said that its weapons are aimed only at the United States and are not a matter of inter-Korean concern.

North Korea has been developing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching the United States but Pyongyang and Washington both say they want a diplomatic solution.

Chung told a media briefing that the North Korean leadership was willing to open "heart-to-heart" talks with the USA over denuclearization and the normalization of ties.

"The Supreme Leader also gave his opinion on easing military tensions on the peninsula and making various levels of contact and talks between the two Koreas and revitalizing cooperation and exchange", the KCNA reported.

South Korean officials have said the drills will restart next month as planned, after being postponed for the Winter Olympics held last month in South Korea. It is the first time that South Korean envoys have visited Pyongyang since 2007.

Kim is notorious for his erratic mood swings, and officials from his government have yet to corroborate the statement. "Kim's decision to make public his smiling face to the North Korean media is probably an expression of confidence or satisfaction with the visiting delegation".

The Southern delegation had hoped to meet with Kim himself - but the meeting had not been guaranteed.

U.S. diplomats said they were waiting for a further explanation from China and the rest of the sanctions committee before considering the next steps.


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