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World Rival Koreas begin high-level talks meant to set up summit

05:41  29 march  2018
05:41  29 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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  US, S Korea and Japan discuss denuclearization, summit talks Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday. Seoul officials who visited Pyongyang recently say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to hold summit talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April. Seoul says Kim proposed meeting with President Donald Trump, and Trump agreed to him by the end of May.The developments have raised hopes for a potential breakthrough in the North Korean nuclear crisis.

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 Seoul's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, one of the three South Koreans participants, told reporters before their talks that setting up discussions

PAJU, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas have begun high - level talks to prepare for an April summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the standoff over the North's nuclear program.

South Korean soldiers wait for vehicles carrying a South Korean delegation at Unification Bridge, which leads to the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, March 29, 2018. The delegation led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon will hold a high-level talks with North Korea at the northern side of the Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) © The Associated Press South Korean soldiers wait for vehicles carrying a South Korean delegation at Unification Bridge, which leads to the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, March 29, 2018. The delegation led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon will hold a high-level talks with North Korea at the northern side of the Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

PAJU, South Korea — 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.

South Korea's Moon says three-way summit with North Korea, U.S. possible

  South Korea's Moon says three-way summit with North Korea, U.S. possible South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday a three-way summit with North Korea and the United States is possible and that talks should aim for an end to the nuclear threat on the Korean peninsula.Moon is planning a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month after a flurry of diplomatic activity in Asia, Europe and the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has also said he would meet Kim by the end of May.

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 Seoul’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, one of the three South Koreans participants, told reporters before their talks that setting up discussions

Koreas begin talks to set a date and venue for a third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The South Korean delegation for Monday's talks is led by Cho Myoung-gyon, who oversees Seoul's Unification Ministry that handles

Officials plan to use the talks at the northern side of Panmunjom to determine the date and agenda of the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The results of the closed-door talks weren't immediately clear.

Seoul's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, one of the three South Koreans participants, told reporters before their talks that setting up discussions between the leaders on ways to rid the North of its nuclear weapons would be a critical point. He said there could be several such preparatory meetings. The North's three delegates were led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of a state agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

The South's delegation arrived in Panmunjom after their vehicles crossed the heavily guarded border near the southern city of Paju.

South Korea says North Korea agrees to hold high-level talks

  South Korea says North Korea agrees to hold high-level talks South Korea said Saturday that North Korea has accepted its proposal to hold high-level inter-Korean talks next week. Load Error In a statement, South Korea's Unification Ministry said the talks are planned for Thursday.The talks were first proposed by South Korea to be held in the Panmunjom truce village in the Korean Demilitarized Zone.North Korea said it will be represented by a three-member delegation led by Ri Son Kwon, chairman of the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Committee.South Korea stated earlier that its three-member delegation will be led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

The rival Koreas will meet Monday for high - level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear program. A South Korean official at the Unification Ministry

Senior officials from the rival Koreas met Monday to set a date and venue for a third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean The two leaders, who first met in April in a highly publicized summit and then again in May for more informal talks , previously agreed to meet

The talks follow a surprise meeting this week between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which appeared to be aimed at improving both countries' positions ahead of Kim's planned meetings with Moon and President Donald Trump.

In setting up separate talks with Beijing, Seoul, Washington, and potentially with Moscow and Tokyo, North Korea may be moving to disrupt any united front among its negotiating counterparts. By reintroducing China, which is the North's only major ally, as a major player, North Korea also gains leverage against South Korea and the United States, analysts say.

In his talks with Xi, Kim may have discussed economic cooperation with China or requested a softening of enforcement of sanctions over the North's nukes and missiles. North Korea also wants Beijing to resist tougher sanctions if the talks with Washington and Seoul fall apart and the North starts testing missiles again.

Olympics chief says North Korea committed to Tokyo Games

  Olympics chief says North Korea committed to Tokyo Games International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday to discuss development of sports in North Korea."We had a very fruitful meeting where it became clear that the supreme leader has a clear vision of the role that sport can play in a society with regard to education, with regard to health," Bach said after the two met on Friday for a 30-minute formal meeting followed by a 45 minutes of casual conversation while watching a football match at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium.

Senior officials from the rival Koreas met Monday to set a date and venue for a third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean The two leaders, who first met in April in a highly publicized summit and then again in May for more informal talks , previously agreed to meet

The South Korean delegation for Monday’s talks is led by Cho Myoung-gyon, who oversees Seoul’s Unification Ministry that handles inter- Korean issues, and He added that continuing the discussions on the two leaders’ summit in Pyongyang will help improve the inter- Korean ties. “We will listen to the

South Korea's presidential office says Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi will visit Seoul on Thursday and Friday to brief Moon and other officials on the results of the talks between Kim and Xi.

The leaders of the two Koreas have held talks only twice since the 1950-53 Korean War, in 2000 and 2007, under previous liberal governments in Seoul.

It's unclear whether the leaders' meetings between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington, if they take place, could lead to any meaningful breakthrough.

The North's diplomatic outreach comes after an unusually provocative year where it conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date and three intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to target the U.S. mainland. The change in tactics could be an attempt to ease pressure from heavy sanctions and improve its economy.

Washington and Seoul have said Kim previously told South Korean envoys that he was willing to put his nukes up for negotiation in his talks with Trump. However, the North has yet to officially confirm its interest in a summit between Kim and Trump.

There's deep skepticism among some analysts that the North, after years of dogged weapons development, will commit to real denuclearization and then agree to a robust verification regime. North Korea over the past two decades has been repeatedly accused of using disarmament talks as a way to ease outside pressure and win badly needed aid, while all along secretly pushing ahead with its weapons development.

The Koreas agreed to a summit when Moon's envoys visited Kim in Pyongyang earlier this month. The meeting followed a sudden period of inter-Korean warmth over February's Winter Olympics in the South, where the North sent hundreds of officials, including Kim's sister who met with Moon to deliver his brother's desire for a summit.

Using a subsequent visit to the United States, Moon's envoys also brokered a potential meeting between Kim and Trump, who said he would meet the North Korean leader "by May."

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Kim reported from Seoul.

Koreas discuss communication issues ahead of summit .
<p>North and South Korea on Saturday held talks over establishing a telephone hotline between their leaders and other communication issues ahead of a rare summit between the rivals later this month.</p>The closed-door talks between working-level officials at a border village were part of preparatory discussions to set up the April 27 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The meeting, only the third summit between the Koreas since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, could prove to be significant in the global diplomatic push to resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program.

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