North Korea Invites Moon Jae In for their 3rd Summit in September

John Kim, Sept. 6, 2018, 8:22 a.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday invited President Moon Jae-in for another summit in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20.

Kim unexpectedly met with five senior South Korean officials in Pyongyang on Wednesday despite having been off the radar for two weeks.

National security adviser Chung Eui-yong, who led the five-member delegation, told reporters here on Thursday morning that Kim "reaffirmed his willingness to keep his denuclearization pledge."

The trip seems to have gone better than expected. On arrival Chung handed a smiling Kim a letter from President Moon Jae-in detailing cross-border economic cooperation plans and urged North Korea to speed up denuclearization, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

The officials arrived in Pyongyang at 9 a.m. and were driven to the Koryo Hotel, where they were greeted by Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland. They then met with the North Korean leader to discuss the agenda of the upcoming inter-Korean summit and other matters.

The delegates briefed Moon on their trip as soon as they returned to Seoul on Wednesday night.

They presented South Korea's blueprint for economic cooperation, including reconnecting severed cross-border railways and roads, and urged Kim to take steps toward denuclearization.

Chung told reporters before his trip that a draft statement about the opening of an inter-Korean liaison office in the shuttered Kaesong Industrial Complex had already been agreed.

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