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Koreas agree to hold high-level talks Wednesday

TOKYO, South and North Korea agreed to hold high-level talks this week to discuss follow-up measures on agreements their leaders reached in a historic summit held last month, Seoul’s Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday.

The two Koreas agreed to hold the talks on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Unification. The North said it will send a 29-member delegation for the talks led by Ri Son-kwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, a North Korean agency in charge of inter-Korean exchanges, the ministry said.

South Korea’s five-member delegation will be led by Ministry of Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

The meeting will mark the first time that officials of the two Koreas will sit down for talks following the April 27 summit held between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“Through the inter-Korean high-level talks, (we) will push to lay the groundwork for sustainable development and lasting peace by having in-depth discussions and faithfully implementing the Panmunjom Declaration,” the ministry said in a press release. Moon and Kim signed a joint declaration in which they agreed to halt all hostile acts against each other, open a joint liaison office in the North’s border city of Kaesong and vowed various economic cooperation efforts. They also agreed to hold a reunion of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War on the occasion of the August 15 Liberation Day.

Source: Kuwait News Agency