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Published On: Fri, Apr 27th, 2018

Two Korean leaders hold first peace meeting Friday morning

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The President of the Republic of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jung Un, will on the morning of Friday hold first bilateral talks on how to restore peace in the troubled Korean Peninsula.
A statement issued by the Director of Cheong Wa Dae Press Center, Kwun Hyuk-Ki, and which was made available to journalists by the Korean Cultural Center in Nigeria (KCCN) in Abuja, said also that the meeting being ‘a historic first meeting’ between the two leaders, will be followed by an official welcoming ceremony, summit talks and a welcome dinner.
The statement said the South Korea and North Korea had held the third round of working level meetings on protocol, security and other arrangements for the tomorrow’s inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House and held a final agreement.
The statement said the two sides agreed to finalize the list of delegates to attend the summit and officials accompanying them as early as possible and notify each other, adding that the North Korea will send an advance team to the Southern side of Panmunjeon yesterday.
“At the second working level meeting, it was decided that major events for the summit on the South Korean side of Panmunjeom would be broadcast live. During the third working level meeting day, the two sides reached a surprised agreement to allow news gathering activities by South Korean journalists, including live streaming of the movement of officials, starting from Panmungak on the northern side”, the statement reads in part.
Meanwhile, briefing journalists yesterday on the 2018 Inter-Korean summit, the Director of Korean Cultural Center in Nigeria (KCCN), Han Sungrae, said the summit will help to reduce tension in the Korean Peninsula.
He explained that without the summit, the peace in the area will be temporal, but the summit is designed to ensure a permanent resolution of all the conflicts in the area, just as he said that meeting will continue in June.
He said the interest of the South Korea is that the North Korea halts the continued testing of long missiles, which he said is not in the interest of world peace, but pointed out that the North Korea will also use the opportunity of the summit to explain to stakeholders the implications of stopping the testing of long missiles.
He pointed out that after the summit between the North and South Koreas, the North Korea will also meet with the United States of America, still on how to ensure a permanent peace in the peninsula, and denuclearization programme.

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