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Seoul, Pyongyang to hold more working-level talks

Seoul, April 9: The two Koreas have planned to hold more working-level talks this week to prepare for their summit in April, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said on Monday. The working-level dialogue is scheduled once or twice this week, Xinhua news agency quoted ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun as saying. Some issues, Baik said, are left to be discussed between working-level officials of the two Koreas regarding protocol, security, and media coverage for the summit as well as the establishment of a hotline between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Moon and Kim agreed to hold their first summit on April 27 at the border village of Panmunjom. Before the summit, the two leaders agreed to set up a hotline between them and hold their first phone conversation. Working-level officials from the two sides also met last week to discuss the preparation issue for the summit. The two sides allegedly planned to hold another senior-level talk around April 18 to filise preparations for the Moon-Kim summit. (IANS)

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