North, South Korean leaders to meet again

North, South Korean leaders to meet again

Before the Moon-Kim summit, the inter-Korean summit meetings had been held only twice in 2000 and 2007 both in the DPRK's capital of Pyongyang.

"We agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit within September in Pyongyang" the two Koreas said in a joint press statement issued after the meeting.

The rival Koreas announced Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang sometime in September.

Moon and Kim met in Panmunjom on April 27 for the first time, agreeing to hold another summit in Pyongyang in the fall.

But despite the rapprochement, worldwide sanctions against the North for its nuclear and missile programs have kept economic cooperation between the two Koreas from taking off, while little progress has been made on the key issue of Pyongyang's denuclearization. Moon's spokesman, Kim Eui-keum, said it would be logistically hard to hold the summit before Sep 10, CNN reports.

Washington and Pyongyang are accusing each other of dragging their feet in implementing what their leaders agreed on at the summit. North Korea has rejected his approach, with state-run media lambasting the US's "pressure diplomacy" and saying it's relying on "outdated gangster-like logic".

The two Koreas agreed to hold the reunion of Korean families separated across the heavily-armed border since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice.

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Pyongyang has urged Washington to ease economic punishments, but the USA says that can't happen until the North completely denuclearizes.

Meanwhile the United States has urged the worldwide community to maintain tough sanctions on the isolated regime.

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

In recent weeks, the Trump administration appears to have entered rougher waters in its attempts to persuade North Korea to denuclearize.

But even as ties have improved, little progress has been made on the key issue of the North's denuclearisation.

South Korea has banned the port entry of four ships confirmed to have imported North Korean coal into the country. On Monday, Harry Harris, the new USA ambassador to Seoul, said that it was too early to declare a formal end to the war or to lift sanctions.

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