Seoul making final preparations for Moon-Kim summit: Cheong Wa Dae

Tuesday, 2018-04-24 16:14:07
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The ROK's defence ministry has halted propaganda broadcasts at the border with the DPRK starting April 23 to create a peaceful atmosphere ahead of the first inter-Korean summit.
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Nearly everything has been set for the upcoming summit between the Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un with only the final touches now under way, officials from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said on April 24.

With only three days left before the historic summit, the RoK held a complete rehearsal at the joint security area of Panmunjom, the venue for the third inter-Korean summit slated for Friday (April 27), according to the officials.

The rehearsal started at 2:40 p.m. and lasted nearly 2 hours, involving Moon's chief of staff Im Jong-seok, who also heads a summit preparation committee, and Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

They "made their best efforts to prepare for the summit while thoroughly inspecting the line of movement of the two leaders and all necessary equipment and facilities for the summit," Cheong Wa Dae said of the rehearsal.

The two Koreas will hold a joint rehearsal on April 25, followed by a final rehearsal the following day that will include a complete trial run of all scheduled events, including a welcome dinner to be hosted by the RoK president, it added.

The final preparations come one day after working-level officials from both Koreas reached an agreement on details of what would likely be a monumental meeting between the leaders of the divided Koreas.

"The two Koreas have held three rounds of working-level talks on protocol, security measures and media coverage of the April 27 summit at Panmunjom. Today, they reached a final agreement," said Kwun Hyuk-ki, a Cheong Wa Dae spokesman and also a member of RoK's five-member delegation to the working-level dialogue.

The upcoming summit will mark the first time, at least since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, that a DPRK leader has stepped on RoK’s soil. The two Koreas technically remain at war as the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

The DPRK leader has said his country may be willing to abandon its nuclear ambitions in exchange for a security guarantee.

In an apparent show of its commitment to denuclearization, the DPRK’s ruling Workers' Party last week declared a freeze of all nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The decision came as Kim is also set to meet with US President Donald Trump in May or early June for what will be the first-ever US-DPRK summit.

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