The leaders of North and South Korea will hold high-level discussions next month ahead of Kim’s meeting with President Trump; announcing the rare international summit as both nations aim to soothe tensions after years of heated rhetoric and massive war games.
According to the Associated Press, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will hold private discussions with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27th at a border village located in the de-militarized zone between the two nations.
North Korea and South Korea have effectively been in a state of war since 1953.
“Both sides agreed to prepare for (the summit) in a way that would allow sincere and heartfelt discussions (between the leaders). If there’s a need, we decided to continue discussions on the summit agenda through follow-up high-level meetings in April,” said Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.
“Both sides will continue working-level discussions (on the agenda) while focusing on the issues surrounding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the stabilization of peace and the development of relations between the South and North,” Cho added.
The talks will likely focus on Kim’s future meeting with President Donald Trump; setting the stage for the first talks between the leaders of North Korea and the United States since the Korean War.