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Seoul Sends Considerable Team to DPRK as Prep for Moon-Kim Summit Underway

© AP Photo / Korea Summit Press PoolNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Friday, April 27, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Friday, April 27, 2018 - Sputnik International
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TOKYO (Sputnik) - The intra-Korean summit will be held in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on September 18-20. The South Korean president is expected to use a direct flight to travel to Pyongyang.

A group of 93 South Korean officials, journalists and technical staff left for North Korea on Sunday to prepare the upcoming summit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-unn and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, the Yonhap news agency reported. The South Korean delegation used a land route to get to North Korea, with as many as 19 buses being used for their trip.

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The first meeting of the two leaders was held at the Panmunjom truce village on April 27. Less than in a month the two counterparts met once again. The forthcoming meeting is expected to be devoted to the issues relating to the implementation of the declaration signed at Panmunjom.

On Friday, Seoul and Pyongyang opened a liaison office in the city of Kaesong, located just north of the border between two countries.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula has significantly improved within the last several months, with Kim having held two rounds of talks with Moon  and a top-level summit with US President Trump in Singapore.

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During the talks with Trump Kim pledged to ensure denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

According to the joint declaration signed by Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, Pyongyang and Seoul agreed to adopt practical measures to connect railways on the peninsula.

As the first step of this process, the countries will connect and modernize railways and roads on the eastern transportation corridor, as well as between Seoul and North Korea’s city of Sinuiju.

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