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Implementation of summit agreements reviewed

Dec 20,2018
South Korea on Wednesday held a meeting of its special committee on the implementation of agreements from inter-Korean summits.

The second meeting of the committee headed by Presidential Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok was held at the presidential office in the Blue House at 2:40 p.m.

“The committee reviewed the progress made so far on the implementation of inter-Korean joint declarations and reviewed its business plan for next year,” Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a short statement, adding that the committee meeting lasted about one hour.

Wednesday’s meeting marked the second of its kind since September when President Moon Jae-in held his third and latest summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two met earlier in April and in May.

The first committee meeting was held on Sept. 28.

The leaders of the divided Koreas have agreed to a wide range of measures aimed at easing tension between the countries and also peacefully denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Several joint projects, such as the reconnecting of inter-Korean roads and railways, are already underway, but many remain dormant, largely due to international sanctions against the North.

Stephen Biegun, the top U.S. diplomat on North Korea, arrived in Seoul on Wednesday afternoon on a three-day visit for dialogue with his South Korean counterparts during which Seoul is widely expected to ask for a reduction of U.S. sanctions against Pyongyang.

One of the summit agreements that has yet to be implemented includes a Seoul trip by the reclusive North Korean leader, which, if made, would make Kim the first-ever North Korean leader to visit the South Korean capital since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The two Koreas technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Yonhap