Koreas to have summit this month

Aug. 8, 2007 at 2:24 PM
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SEOUL , Aug. 8 (UPI) -- North and South Korea have agreed to have a summit on Aug. 28-30 to discuss cross-border talks amid nuclear tensions.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun will visit the North's capital city of Pyongyang where he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Roh’s office said in a statement Wednesday.

"The second inter-Korean summit is expected to contribute to peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula," it said. "The summit will also provide momentum to settle the North Korean nuclear problem," the statement said.

The agreement was reached earlier this month when South Korea's intelligence chief, Kim Man-bok, traveled to the North, it said. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency also reported the agreement on the summit this month.

The Koreas held their first-ever summit in June 2000 when South Korean President Kim Dae-jung ventured into the North, which sparked reconciliation and unification fever on the divided Korean peninsula.

Inter-Korean economic ties improved significantly after the 2000 summit, but the rivals have yet to come up with any substantial measures to reduce military tensions amid a years-long nuclear crisis.

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