Koreas hold talks on telephone hotline between leaders

Sunday, 2018-04-15 06:34:53
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RoK Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (L) shakes hands with Ri Son-Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland of DPRK, after a high-level dialogue at Tongilgak, a DPRK building in Panmunjom, March 29, 2018. The two sides are scheduled to hold meetings to set the summit agenda between the two Koreas (Photo:Xinhua)
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Working-level officials from the two Koreas discussed establishing a telephone hotline between the two countries' leaders on April 14 ahead of their historic summit set for later this month, according to Seoul's presidential office.

The talks were held on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) side of the truce village at the border, Cheong Wa Dae said on April 15.

Once the line is open, the Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un plan to have a phone conversation before the April 27 summit.

The meeting followed the first working-level talks on April 7 to prepare for what will be the third summit between the two Koreas.

The two sides are scheduled to hold another meeting on security, protocol and media issues on April 18. Separately, a high-level meeting is expected to open this week to set the summit agenda.

* Separately, RoK has chosen "Peace, a new start" as a slogan for the upcoming inter-Korean summit, which will be held in late April, the presidential office said on April 15.

The slogan signifies the journey that the two Koreas will have to take to achieve global peace by holding their first summit in 11 years, and that the summit will also serve as a guide for summit talks between DPRK and the United States, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters.

Koreans leaders are preparing to hold their talks on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27. This will mark the third of its kind since their leaders met in 2000 and 2007.

The two sides are expected to discuss ways to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, establish lasting peace and improve inter-Korean relations.

The meeting will be followed by a US-DPRK summit likely to be held either in May or June.

Yonhap