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Two Koreas to hold talks as North prepares to shut test site

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North Korea and South Korea will hold high-level talks on Wednesday to discuss steps needed to uphold the pledge to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, South Korea said, Reuters reported.


The meeting will focus on plans to implement a declaration that emerged from an April 27 inter-Korea summit, including promises to formally end the Korean War and pursue “complete denuclearisation”, the South’s unification ministry, which handles ties with the North, said on Tuesday.


North Korea has said it will dismantle its nuclear bomb test site some time between May 23 and May 25 in order to uphold its pledge to cease tests, its state media reported on Saturday, a month ahead of a planned North Korea-US summit in Singapore.


US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet on June 12, a scenario that until recently looked impossible given the insults and threats the two leaders exchanged over the past year as tension rose over the North’s relentless work on its missile and nuclear programmes.


But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called in a New Year’s speech for a reduction in military tension, beginning a rapid easing of tension.


North Koreans appeared optimistic about the summit, the chief of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, told reporters in Seoul after a trip to the North.


“I think they’re hopeful. I think everyone on the ground there was hopeful,” Beasley said when asked whether the North Koreans he met had mentioned anything about the summit.

Last Modified: Tuesday، 15 May 2018 04:21 PM