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Moon vows efforts to establish peace between the two Koreas

Moon vows efforts to establish peace between the two Koreas

While tensions have occasionally flared, the two sides have so far staved off another devastating conflict.

In pictures released by state media from a ballet performance late on Monday, Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, were seen applauding, posing with dancers, and laughing with the head of the Chinese Communist Party's global liaison department, Song Tao.

The troupe, led by Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, is visiting Pyongyang to participate in the April Spring Friendship Art Festival.

Trump agreed last month to the landmark summit with the nuclear-armed North, but a specific date or venue has not been set.

The upcoming summit of the leaders of the two Koreas scheduled for April 27 is expected to be an overture to a possible meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, Rhee Sang Hyong, a principal researcher at South Korea's Sejong Institute and President of the Korean Nuclear Policy Society, told TASS on Monday.




Kim met Song on Saturday to exchange "deep thoughts" on worldwide issues of concern to North Korea and China and vowed to improve bilateral relations, according to the state media.

Quoting sources in North Korea and China, senior Chinese diplomat Song Tao discussed the plans when he went to Pyongyang last week along with a group of Chinese artists.

"We expect the summit will confirm the denuclearisation will (of North Korea)".

Their rapidly warming ties fuel concerns that the worldwide sanctions regime against North Korea might be undermined. South Korea's Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported on Tuesday that the two sides had been discussing plans for a permanent end to the war at the North-South summit, citing an unidentified South Korean official with knowledge of the matter. "The United States will insist on complete, irreversible and verifiable North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear program in rigid timeframe". "Astana looks forward to serious outcomes of the forthcoming inter-Korean Summit and hopes the top-level meeting will become a breakthrough in relations between the two countries and help ease tensions in the Korean peninsula".

The Japanese media outlet speculated that possible measures by China could include supplying energy to North Korea and creating a special economic zone near the border between the two countries.


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