South Korea’s Moon and DPRK’s Kim to meet in Pyongyang for third summit

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The leaders of South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will meet in September. An exact date has not been announced, but a location has.

CGTN’s Jack Barton reports from the Korean DMZ.

A third summit between South Korea’s Moon Jae-in and the DPRK’s Kim Jong Un will be held in September in Pyongyang. The announcement was made at the Demilitarized Zone on Monday, amid made high expectations of deepening Inter-Korean ties.

“I hope that we can meet at the Pyongyang summit, which is scheduled to be held in September, with a full sense of responsibility and a clear conscience,” Ri Son Gwon, DPRK Chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Renunciation of the Fatherland, said.


South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyun (2nd R) shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon (2nd L) at the end of their talks at the North side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on August 13, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / KOREA POOL / Hong Geum-pyo)

Moon and Kim agreed to hold a summit this autumn when they first met back in April. They then met again in May, having organized an impromptu summit after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of his then pending summit with Kim Jong Un.

In South Korea, most analysts say the fact that Pyongyang called the meeting is growing evidence that there is a diplomatic impasse between Pyongyang and Washington.

Washington and Seoul have been frustrated that no progress has yet been made on denuclearization, while Pyongyang has complained that despite a weapons test freeze and handover of US military remains, there has been no sanctions relief or a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War.

“If the issues that were raised at the talks aren’t resolved, unexpected problems could emerge, and the issues that are already on the schedule may face difficulties,” Ri Son Gwon said.

South Korean officials at the meeting said would be up to the DPRK to announce a date for the third summit, since it will be hosting the event.