Wednesday, 8th August , 2007 , 04:52 [am] | International
Koreas ‘to hold historic summit’
North and South Korea are to hold only their second-ever summit, officials have announced.
President Roh Moo-hyun will visit the North Korean capital Pyongyang for a meeting with the North’s leader Kim Jong-il between 28-30 August.
The summit comes seven years after the first one, when Mr Kim met then-South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.
Correspondents say the meeting will be a boost to Mr Roh, who is approaching the end of his presidential term.
The BBC’s Dan Griffiths, in the South Korean capital Seoul, said Mr Roh will be hoping to secure his legacy after a largely unpopular five years in office.
The summit has been arranged despite the two nations being technically still at war – neither signed an official ceasefire at the end of the Korean War in 1953.
The south’s presidential security adviser, Baek Jong-chun, said the meeting was finally agreed after senior intelligence officials had made two trips to the north.
South Korea’s presidential office said in a statement: “The second inter-Korean summit will contribute to substantially opening the era of peace and prosperity between the two Koreas.”
Meanwhile, the north’s Korean Central News Agency released a statement confirming that an agreement had been signed on Sunday.
“The meeting between the top leaders of the north and the south will be of weighty significance in opening a new phase of peace on the Korean peninsula,” the statement said.bbc, Voice of a Nation