Rival Korean leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

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North Korea's Kim Jong-un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang in September following talks between the two sides at the demilitarised zone.

"The South, together with the North, reviewed the progress of implementing the Panmunjom Declaration, and discussed further methods to fulfill the Declaration in a honest manner", the two Koreas said in a joint statement, referring to an agreement signed by Moon and Kim during their first meeting in April.

SEOUL - North and South Korea agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang in September, the South's Unification Ministry said on Monday.

"It would be hard in early September, which means until September 10", Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters, citing a "reason all reporters can guess".

Calling the Singapore summit the "starting point", Harris reiterated Trump's belief in the North Korean leader's commitment to denuclearization and the communist state's potential to lift itself out of poverty and have a brighter future should Kim fulfill his commitment.

At their meeting in April, Kim and Moon signed a Panmunjom Declaration which calls for a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean war and included a pledge to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland who led the delegation from the DPRK, told reporters after the senior-level talks that detailed schedule for the summit was already agreed upon.

However, Cho Myoung-gyon - Ri's South Korean counterpart - appeared to dispute that both sides have settled on a specific date, telling reporters that "it needs to be discussed further".

South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo speaks as he visits a spot where a North Korean has defected crossing the border on November 13 at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone
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Moon and Kim met in Panmunjom on April 27 for the first time, agreeing to hold another summit in Pyongyang in fall. Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun also met Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang in 2007.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in hugs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May.

The outlet suggested that the talks would address the details of the planned intra-Korean summit, including the date and venue of the meeting.

But although Trump touted his summit with Kim as a historic breakthrough, the nuclear-armed North has since criticised Washington for its "gangster-like" demands of complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament.

Experts say Moon could try to act as a mediator between the USA and North Korea, having salvaged the Singapore meeting when Trump abruptly cancelled it.

But Harry Harris, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, said Monday it was too soon for such a declaration, Yonhap reported.

Pompeo has been quick to note North Korea has not tested any weapons since November, when it fired a long-range ballistic missile experts believe could be capable of hitting the United States with a nuclear warhead.

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