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South Korea could hold events for the anniversary of the third inter-Korean summit without inviting Pyongyang

August 27, 2019


South Korea has not invited North Korea to the events it is organizing to commemorate the first anniversary of the inter-Korean summit held last September, as reported by a senior office of the South Korean Unification Ministry.

Seoul will celebrate the events to commemorate the first anniversary of the third summit talks between South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was held last September 19 in Pyongyang.

“It would be great to hold joint events, but right now we are preparing events only for South Korea and no notification has been sent to North Korea, as far as I know,” said a senior official of the Unification Ministry, on condition of anonymity. , according to the Yonhap agency.

When asked if the South Korean government has any plans to invite North Korea in the future, the senior official has refused to give a direct response and has indicated that the decision should be taken taking into account the current situation.

Kim and Moon held three summits in 2018, in which both pledged to boost cross-border exchanges and alleviate military tensions.

However, relations between the two countries have stagnated, apparently due to the lack of progress in the denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington.