Inter-Korean joint liaison office opens

AFP-Jiji SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — North and South Korea will open a joint liaison office this week to improve cross-border communications and exchanges, Seoul said Wednesday.

The office is a significant move in thawing relations between the two countries, and follows a meeting this month between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and a South Korean presidential envoy.

Seoul’s unification ministry said the office would become a “round-the-clock consultation and communication channel” for advancing inter-Korean relations, improving ties between the U.S. and the North, and easing military tensions.

At a historic meeting in June between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim, the two leaders signed a vaguely worded agreement on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — touted by the U.S. leader as a breakthrough deal to end the North’s nuclear program.

The United States claimed there had been little progress made since then, prompting Trump to abruptly cancel Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to Pyongyang late last month.Speech

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