South Korean officials say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border village on April 27.
The third summit ever between the Koreas could prove significant in the global diplomatic push to resolve the standoff over the North’s nuclear program.
The announcement was made after a high-level meeting Thursday between the countries at the border village of Panmunjom. Few other details were released.
The Koreas will hold another preparatory meeting April 4 to discuss protocol, security and media coverage issues.
The current talks follow a surprise meeting this week between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim may also meet with President Donald Trump.
A senior South Korean official says the summit will be shaped by discussions on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said officials from both Koreas exchanged opinions on the agendas of the summit but Cho didn’t provide a clear answer on whether Thursday’s discussions included the nuclear issue.
Cho says both sides will continue working-level discussions while focusing on the issues surrounding the “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the stabilization of peace and the development relations between the South and North.”
When asked whether such issues would shape the discussions between Kim and Moon, Cho said “yes.”
North Korean official Ri Son Gwon after the meeting hailed the agreement over the summit he said provides “immense expectations and new hope for the entire nation that desires for peace on the Korean Peninsula.” He called for officials from both countries to do their best to “perfectly secure the historic meeting between the leaders.”