Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Level talks underway to prep inter-Korean summit

Level talks underway to prep inter-Korean summit

North and South Korea have opened a liaison office on the North's side of the heavily militarised border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their leaders' summit in Pyongyang next week. During the war, it was used for truce negotiations, so escaped the bombing which leveled most of North Korea.

At the September 5 meeting with Moon's envoys, Kim voiced hope that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will take place during Trump's current term in office through January 2021, South Korean officials said.

National Security Adviser John Bolton, Trump's brains on foreign policy, said Monday that it is "entirely possible" for the president and Kim to have a second meeting by the end of the year following their historic summit in June in Singapore.

"The liaison office will become a round-the-clock consultation and communication channel for advancing inter-Korean relations, easing military tensions and establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula", the ministry said earlier.

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Mr Moon, who has positioned himself as a mediator between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, will seek to inject new energy into stalled US-North Korea nuclear talks when he meets Mr Kim on Tuesday in Pyongyang, analysts say.

"One of the roles we should play in the middle is to find the point of contact and present it, and expedite dialogue again to accelerate the denuclearisation process".

For Friday's meeting, Kim Sang-gyun, a National Intelligence Service senior official who visited Pyongyang on September 5, led the South Korean delegation to the working-level talks.

The report said Pyongyang did not suspend its nuclear and missile programs and that it was a violation of United Nations sanctions on export.

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"U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on September 13 said Russian Federation pressured the independent sanctions monitors to amend a report that was eventually submitted to the Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee last month" the news agency reads. "They no longer feel the need to act in parallel with us", a senior USA official said recently, according to the Washington Post.

13 imposed sanctions on a China-based tech firm, its North Korean CEO, and a Russian subsidiary, accusing them of moving illicit funding to North Korea in violation of US sanctions.

The two Koreas will be holding a closed working-level meeting on Friday to discuss the logistics of next week's summit, an official at the South's presidential office said.

Trump thanked Kim on Twitter, saying, "This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea". The North's official has not been named yet.

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"The import of North Korean coal already demonstrates that South Korea has not vigorously imposed U.N/U.S. sanctions", said Bruce Bennett, a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. However, with Seoul wary of angering Washington over breaches of UN Security Council sanctions, there is no indication that is about to happen.

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