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Negotiators mum on details of summit talks

Apr 06,2018
South and North Korea on Thursday had working-level meeting at the border village of Panmunjom for the upcoming inter-Korea summit to discuss protocol, security and press coverage and agreed to hold a second such meeting in coming days. A date was not announced.

The South sent a five-member delegation led by Kim Sang-gyun, the second deputy director of the National Intelligence Service, to the meeting held in Peace House, located on the southern side of Panmunjom. The North sent a six-member delegation led by Kim Chang-son, an official from the North’s state affairs commission.

The meeting began 10 a.m. and lasted four hours without lunch, according to Kwun Hyuk-ki, director of the Blue House’s press center, who was among the six South Koran officials in the talks. As the discussion involved sensitive matter such as the walking routes of the leaders of the two Koreas, Kyun was tightlipped about details discussed in the meeting, only saying the atmosphere was “serious.”

“We had a discussion [with our North Korean counterparts] in earnest to make the upcoming summit successful,” said Kwon without elaborating.

The April 27 summit will see North Korean leader Kim Jong-un step onto South Korean territory - the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South in history.

BY KANG JIN-KYU [kang.jinkyu@joongang.co.kr]