Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in recommitment to denuclearization

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un renewed his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in talks with a special envoy from the South, the North’s state media said Thursday.

“The north and the south should further their efforts to realize the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” KCNA cited Kim as saying.

“It is our fixed stand and his will to completely remove the danger of armed conflict and horror of war from the Korean peninsula and turn it into the cradle of peace without nuclear weapons and free from nuclear threat,” it added.

He made the remarks as he received a high-level South Korean delegation in Pyongyang on Wednesday, for discussions aimed at planning a new inter-Korean summit, and breaking the deadlock in denuclearisation talks between the North and the US.

Kim exchanged “wide-ranging opinions” with the delegation over the schedule for the Pyongyang summit due in September and its agenda, and “came to a satisfactory agreement”, the report said.

Kim is set to meet with the South’s President Moon Jae-in in a summit in Pyongyang from September 18 to 20 to discuss nuclear disarmament.

During the third meeting between the two leaders, Kim and Moon will discuss issues including “practical measures” to denuclearize the flashpoint peninsula, South Korean envoy Chung Eui-yong told reporters.

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