North, South Korea set to meet again in September

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Leaders of North and South Korea are set to meet again in September, reports say.

“What’s very important is that both governments do all they ought to do regarding progressing all the issues on the agenda,” Ri Son Gwon of North Korea’s inter-Korean relations said in a report.

CNN said this will be the third meeting between the leaders of the North and South Korea.

The first meeting was held in April, where the historic Panmunjom Declaration was signed. CNN said they then met again in an impromptu meeting a month later, which the New York Times said helped pave for US President Donald Trump’s visit.

The date of the third meeting between the North and South Korea has yet to be announced.

Ri said that “if the issues that were raised in the inter-Korea talks and individual meetings are not resolved, then unexpected problems could arise and all the items on the agenda could meet obstacles.”

Among the major issues that are set to be tackled is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which both leaders of the North and South Korea upheld in their April meeting as a “shared goal.”

However, the role of the United States in the rift between the North and South Korea appears to be a continuing obstacle. Ri said the United States is “not doing enough” to reciprocate the action towards their denuclearization.

“However, the United States, instead of responding to these measures, is raising its voice louder for maintaining the sanctions against the D.P.R.K. and showing the attitude to retreat even from declaring the end of the war — a very basic and primary step for providing peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Ri said in a speech last week.

The North Korea has also accused the United States government of “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,” following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Pyongyang visit, where he reportedly urged North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization.

Meanwhile, officials expressed hope that the third meeting will break the impasse in the talks between the North and South Korea.