Date set for North and South Korea leaders’ meeting

Published: March 29, 2018 18:42:44 | Updated: March 30, 2018 12:05:23

The leaders of North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade on 27 April.

Talks between the North's Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in would be held in the border village of Panmunjom, a joint statement said.

The date was announced after officials from the two sides met to prepare for the summit, reports BBC.
The announcement comes a day after news emerged of discussions between Mr Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

At the meeting in Beijing, the North Korean leader repeated his offer to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.
The North Korean leader said recently that he wants to meet US President Donald Trump. Mr Trump accepted the offer and they could meet as soon as May.

The North and South Korean delegates said the inter-Korean summit would take place at the South Korean Peace House in the so-called "truce village" of Panmunjom.

At the press conference announcing the summit, North Korea's chief delegate Ri Son Gwon said "Over the past 80 days or so, many events that were unprecedented in inter-Korean relations took place."

It will only be the third time leaders of the two countries have met, since an armistice was signed to conclude the Korean War in 1953.

The last summit took place in 2007 between the former leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il and the ex-South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

The two states' only other summit was held in Pyongyang in 2000.

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