Korea leaders to hold second-ever summit

North and South Korean leaders are set to hold only their second-ever summit this month.

 Korea leaders to hold second-ever summit
North and South Korean leaders are set to hold only their second-ever summit this month.

According to the South Korean president's office, Roh Moo-hyun will meet Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, in Pyongyang at the end of August.

The announcement comes amid improved relations between the two countries that are still technically at war and in the region.

The first inter-Korean meeting in June 2000 when Kim Dae-Jung, the then-South Korean president, met Kim led to decreased tension and unprecedented co-operation.

It spurred economic joint projects and reunions of families split by their shared border – the world's most heavily fortified.

It also earned Kim the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to engage the North through his so-called sunshine policy.

South Korea's presidential office said in a statement the second inter-Korean summit "will contribute to substantially opening the era of peace and prosperity between the two Koreas".

Pyongyang in a statement also confirmed that intelligence chiefs from both countries had signed an agreement on the summit on Sunday.

"The meeting between the top leaders of the North and the South will be of weighty significance in opening a new phase of peace on the Korean peninsula," North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency quoted from the statement.

Officials from both sides will be meeting at the North Korean border city of Kaesong before that to make arrangements for the August 28-30 summit.

News of the summit follows this year's agreement by North Korea with the US and regional powers to move towards ending its nuclear weapons programme in return for massive aid.

Last month North Korea shut down its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

Agencies
Last Mod: 08 Ağustos 2007, 16:47
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