A historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea is set to take place for only the third time since the end of the Korean War in 1953. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in plan have agreed to meet at a summit in April.
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The Unification Ministry in Seoul said Minister Cho Myoung-gyon will be the head of the South's delegation composed of just three members. The meeting is expected to take place in the village of Panmunjom on the border between the two nations. Pyongyang's Korean affairs agency chairman, Ri Son Gwon, will head the North's delegation.
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Both sides are expected to discuss the schedule and agenda of the upcoming leader's summit in late April. The March agreement to meet at the summit followed slackening tensions since the Winter Olympic Games held in Pyeongchang last month. North Korea's Kim Jong Un is also planning to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at a separate summit taking place sometime between now and May.
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It's not clear if the breakthrough meeting between North and South Korea will bear fruit, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. The world's attention has been drawn to North Korea since they boasted of their most successful nuclear weapons test in 2017 and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles that could theoretically reach the United States.
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A South Korean official speaking on condition of anonymity said Trump remains firmly committed to the summit and was leading the push to bring the nations together peacefully.
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