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Kim Jong Un reaffirms commitment to denuclearization as Koreas set summit date

In this handout photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Hankyoreh, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, embraces Presdient of South Korea Moon Jae-in after their meeting at the northern side of the Panmunjom in North Korea on May 26, 2018. Kim and Moon have met for the second time in a month to discuss peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump. (South Korea Presidential Blue House/Hankyoreh Daily/Sipa USA/TNS)
September 06, 2018
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The two Koreas will begin a three-day summit on Sept. 18 in Pyongyang, a senior official said Thursday as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization.

The summit, which will be the third between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in more than four months, comes amid concerns about a growing impasse in nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States.

The two leaders will discuss implementing agreements made during their first meeting on April 27 focusing on efforts to bring peace and rid the divided peninsula of nuclear weapons, South Korea’s National Security Director Chung Eui-yong said in a statement.

The two sides also agreed to open a liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong before the summit, Chung said a day after he traveled to the North Korean capital and delivered a letter from Moon to Kim.

The North Korean leader, meanwhile, said it was “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,” according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

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