South and North Korea will hold high-level talks on Monday to discuss holding a summit meeting between their leaders to deepen inter-Korean relations.

The meeting will take place on the north side of Panmunjom, which separates the two Koreas at 10 am after the Ministry of Co-operation.

The South Korean delegation is led by the Association Minister Cho Myoung-gyon. His North Korean counterpart is Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Peaceful Association Committee of the country.


"(We) will discuss the general implementation situation of the Panmunjom Declaration and the things that will be done in the future," Cho told reporters before going to the talks on the agreement at the historic summit in April.

"The views will change in the light of the Summit Summit agreed in the Declaration," he added.

The talks will focus on details such as the date and location of the third summit meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two agreed to hold their summit in Pyongyang in the fall after the first meeting in April and second May.

The high-level talks are taking place against a background of mounting concerns that the denuclearization process has been slower than expected since the North Korea-US 12 June Summit.

The two countries accuse each other of delaying the implementation of the decisions of their leaders at the historic summit.

The US has called on the North to step up its denuclearization efforts, while the North has argued that the process should be carried out simultaneously and incrementally.

The pressure on South Korea seems to be increasing to play a role in the apparent stoppage of talks over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

During the talks on Monday, the two Koreas are likely to discuss what has been implemented since their last summits, in particular as regards their promised efforts to develop cross-border exchanges and cooperation.

Since the high-level meeting in June, they have held talks to discuss details of cooperation in various areas such as railways, roads and sports.

The North has expressed frustration over the slower than expected speed on these fronts. The Seoul government seems unwilling to press for full cooperation with the North, hampered by multi-layered sanctions on Pyongyang. (Yonhap)


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