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(LEAD) Koreas agree to hold third summit in April, reaffirm resolve to denuclearize

2018/03/06 20:17

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SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and North Korea have agreed to hold a summit of their leaders late next month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top security adviser said Tuesday on the outcome of his trip to the communist North.

The third inter-Korean summit between Moon and the North's reclusive leader Kim Jong-un will be held at the joint security area of Panmunjeom, Chung Eui-yong told a press briefing.

The announcement, which was not widely expected, followed Chung's two-day trip to Pyongyang as Moon's special envoy.

While in the North Korean capital, Chung and four other South Korean envoys held an unprecedented meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader.

"The South and the North have agreed to set up a hotline between their leaders to allow close consultations and a reduction of military tension, while also agreeing to hold the first phone conversation before the third South-North summit," Chung said.

bdk@yna.co.kr

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