Press center to open for inter-Korean summit

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Thae Yong-ho was quoted on Monday as saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "will drag on for two to three years" without dismantling his nuclear weapons "while waiting for the USA president to be replaced".

The report said the focus of the inter-Korean summit's agenda would be threefold: denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a peace deal, and progress in inter-Korean relations.

No peace treaty has been signed to replace the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and the US and North Korea have been at loggerheads since formal hostilities ended.

The Munha Ilbo report said one possible way of ending the conflict could involve reverting the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that bisects the two Koreas to its original state. Hundreds of thousands of troops from both sides now guard the area.

"Not long ago, President Xi said he is willing to maintain regular contact with Chairman Kim Jong-Un through visits, special envoys and the exchange of letters", said spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Its launch will come a day before South and North Korean leaders will hold what will be the third inter-Korean summit talks in history at the truce village of Panmunjom.

The South Korean government will open a press center next week to accommodate the flood of journalists coming to cover the inter-Korean summit on April 27, a preparation committee announced Monday.

The inter-Korean summit is drawing keen attention amid hopes that it could provide a breakthrough in the North's nuclear stalemate. China and North Korea are trying to fix relations, which have been strained as Beijing has backed a series of United Nations sanctions meant to pressure Pyongyang to stop its nuclear activities. With the test of that long-range missile in November, the North said it had "realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".

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