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North, South Korea set to hold talks ahead of major summit

North, South Korea set to hold talks ahead of major summit

High-ranking North Korean and South Korean officials will meet next week to discuss plans for an upcoming meeting between the leaders of their two countries.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon will lead the South's delegation at next week's meeting in the border village of Panmunjom, where officials will discuss the date and specific agendas of the summit, according to the ministry.

In this March 7, 2018, photo, people watch a TV screen showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

The April summit between the two Korean leaders, the South's Moon Jae-in and the North's Kim Jong Un, follows the North's recent participation in the Winter Olympics in the South.

The stakes are higher for a potential summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart that may take place by the end of May, however.

A senior South Korean presidential official dismissed the worries, saying that "what's important is President Trump's will". Under Trump, the USA has led worldwide efforts to impose increasing economic sanctions on the North and has stressed that military action is also a viable option to end the growing nuclear threat.

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In a March 23rd editorial, the Times said that bringing on the fiery Bolton now, at a delicate moment with North Korea, is a awful decision.

"The United States has miscalculated".

Moon and Kim are widely expected to have the U.S.

The North on Saturday accepted the South's proposal to meet at Panmunjom, the Unification Ministry statement said.

On Friday, Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of the North's ruling Workers Party, attacked the United States for continued sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang despite diplomatic progress.

The commentary came as President Trump named John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk, as his new national security adviser. The stronger the United States pressure, the stronger the DPRK (North Korea)...

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