Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

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The North Korean leader met the South's President Moon in April and May at the border truce village of Panmunjom, within the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, and agreed that the next summit in autumn would be held in the North Korean capital.

Representatives from the two Korea's meet today at the Panmunjom truce village, as they seek a third leader's summit and push for the United States to begin easing sanctions against the North.

The joint press release, adopted after the talks, said the two sides agreed to hold the inter-Korean summit meeting in Pyongyang within September, failing to agree on detailed schedule.

"It would be hard in early September, which means until September 10", Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters, citing a "reason all reporters can guess".

Sporting cooperation helped spark the current diplomatic thaw, after the North sent a high-level delegation, athletes, cheerleaders and performers to this year's Winter Olympics in the South.

The Moon-Kim summit in April was historical as it broke a long spell of hostility between the two sides after the last summit in 2007 in Pyongyang.

At the end of the meeting, Ri Son Gwon, the chairman of a North Korean committee aiming for the "peaceful reunification" of the peninsula, told his South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, it was important to clear "obstacles" preventing inter-Korean relations from moving forward.

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Cho addressed the possibility of Pyongyang raising the issue of sanctions to the South, and said: 'We will explain our position to the North'.

While a cease-fire exists between the USA and North Korea due to an armistice, the two governments never agreed to a permanent peace agreement after the Korean War.

After a peace offering by Kim Jong Un in January, Moon was able to orchestrate his own summits with Kim, which were followed by Kim and Trump's meeting in June.

But although Trump touted his summit with Kim as a historic breakthrough, the nuclear-armed North has since criticised Washington for its "gangster-like" demands of complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament.

The meeting between Seoul and Pyongyang comes as experts see slow progress on efforts to disarm North Korea since the Singapore summit. Find us on Facebook too!

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