SEOUL, Aug 31 – South Korea said on Friday it will dispatch a special envoy to the North Korean capital on September 5 to discuss the timing of a summit between the two countries’ leaders expected to take place later in the month.
The special envoy will also discuss “establishing peace,” “advancing inter-Korean ties,” and the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” said a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential Blue House.
The first meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Panmunjom in April was the high point of a remarkable thaw in ties after more than a year of rising tension and fears of war over the North´s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. At that meeting, they agreed that Moon would visit the North´s capital in the autumn, though the pair met again in May in an unannounced meeting, also in Panmunjom. (Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)