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North & South Koreans agree to hold September Summit in Pyongyang

North Korea Kim Jong Un South Korea President Moon Jae In meets and shakes hand

The leaders of North and South Korea will hold a summit in September, their governments announced Monday, as their peace process moves steadily forward despite signs of a growing impasse between Washington and Pyongyang.

The summit will take place in Pyongyang. It will be the third between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this year and only the third time that a South Korean leader has traveled to the North Korean capital for such a meeting.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in April and May at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, and agreed that the next summit in autumn would be held in the North Korean capital.

Before the talks, South Korean media reported that Moon may also urge Kim to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York in late September.

Mr Moon, the only South Korean leader to have met a North Korean leader twice, will become the first leader to visit Pyongyang this year.

North Korea has denounced US-led efforts to maintain sanctions despite what Pyongyang says are goodwill gestures, including halting its weapons testing and returning the remains of US troops killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War.

US officials familiar with the talks, however, told Reuters that North Korea had yet to agree to a timeline for eliminating its nuclear arsenal or to disclose its size, which US estimates have put at between 30 and 60 warheads.

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