Koreas open joint liaison office in North

AFP KAESONG, North Korea (AFP-Jiji) — North and South Korea opened a joint liaison office in the North’s city of Kaesong on Friday as they knit closer ties ahead of South Korean President Moon Jae In’s visit to Pyongyang next week.

“A new chapter in history is open here today,” South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung Gyon told a ceremony, according to a pool report.

“This liaison office is another symbol of peace jointly created by the South and the North.”

The building includes separate offices and a joint conference room, and is intended to facilitate cross-border exchanges following the Panmunjom Summit between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the unification ministry said.

Seoul and Pyongyang have sought to pursue joint projects in multiple fields since their April summit in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, even as U.S. efforts to secure concrete progress toward North Korea’s denuclearization have stalled.

Moon is due in the North’s capital on Tuesday, his third summit with Kim this year after he orchestrated a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula and brokered the June summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.


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