S Korea team to fly North to discuss summit details
SEOUL – Agence France-Presse
The delegation, which also includes South Korea’s spy chief Suh Hoon, will fly to Pyongyang via a rare direct route across the inter-Korean border for their day trip.
The spokesman said it was unclear whether the delegation would meet the North’s leader this time around.
It was the first time a North Korean leader had crossed into the South since the 1950-53 war sealed the division of the Korean peninsula.
They met a second time in Panmunjom in May as they scrambled to salvage plans for a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore, which eventually went ahead on June 12.
The rapid rapprochement on the Korean peninsula led to the landmark meeting between Kim and Trump in June, which the U.S. leader touted as a historic breakthrough.
At the summit the pair reached a vague agreement to work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”, but there has been little movement since.
Pyongyang has slammed the U.S. for its “gangster-like” demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament, and the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency reported there was no indication that the North had stopped its nuclear activities.
Last month Trump ordered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to abruptly cancel a planned trip to Pyongyang, citing lack of progress on denuclearization.