2 Koreas in Last-Minute Scramble to Prepare for Cross-Border Summit

  • By Lee Min-seok

    September 14, 2018 11:20

    Officials from the two Koreas are holding working-level talks to discuss agenda, protocol, and other details on Friday, four days ahead of the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Sept. 18-20.

    With the summit just days away, only the size of the South Korean delegation -- about 200 officials -- has been decided. No other details, including the itinerary and accommodations, have even been discussed yet.

    "It's not only unusual, but also against diplomatic protocol to rush things just a few days ahead of a summit," a foreign affairs expert said. "Without proper preparation, it would be difficult to expect any achievements from the summit," he added.

    Upon his return from a trip to Pyongyang last week, national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said, "There will be working-level talks between the two Koreas in the truce village of Panmunjom to prepare for the summit." But nothing had been announced until Thursday morning as the North was slow in responding, delaying the preparations.

    The two sides have apparently done nearly nothing to fine-tune the agenda of the summit.

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