Official talks to follow up on Moon-Kim agreements soon

Seoul: South Korea has asked North Korea to hold official talks as a follow-up to the agreements signed during their recently concluded summit.

According to the Yonhap news agency, the meeting will be aimed at discussing follow-up measures on agreements made by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their meeting on April 27 at Panmunjom (Demilitarised Zone).

South Korea’s unification ministry proposed this and is awaiting the North Korea’s answer.

“We are making arrangements with the North for the high-level meeting, and when the date is determined, we will let you know. We expect that the meeting could take place in the middle of next week,” said a Unification Ministry official.

During their meet Moon and Kim signed a joint declaration where they agreed to stop all hostile acts against each other and promised economic co-operation.

The Yonhap news agency further reports that the issue of South Korean citizens being detained in North Korean prisons could be possibly raised during the official talks.

The statement comes at a time when both Koreas have decided to sign a peace treaty formally later this year, ending the 65-year-old war.

The Korean War took place between 1950 and 1953, which ended with a ceasefire and signing of an armistice agreement. Technically, both the countries are still at war since no peace treaty has been signed between them. (ANI)