The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un (i), shakes hands with Chung Eui-yong, adviser for the security of the South Korean president, on March 5, 2018 in Pyongyang
North Korea and South Korea agreed to hold a summit in April on their heavily militarized border and Pyongyang said it would consider giving up nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, a South Korean emissary said on Tuesday.
The two countries also agreed to open a direct line of direct communication between their two leaders, said Chung Eui-yong, security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. in Pyongyang.
The summit will take place at the end of April in the town of Panmunjom, in the middle of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two countries, and will be preceded by a telephone conversation between Kim and Moon, he said.
During the duration of the inter-Korean dialogue, the Pyongyang regime promised to suspend its nuclear and missile tests, said Chung Eui-yong.
He added that North Korea also expressed the will to denuclearize on condition that its security is guaranteed.
This will be the third summit between the leaders of both countries held since the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). The previous two took place in 2000 and in 2007.
„The South and the North agree on a line of emergency communication between the leaders to defuse military tensions and to coordinate closely,“ the South Korean emissary said.
Main cities and sites of North Korea and South Korea
Chung and the South Korean diplomats who accompanied him to Pyongyang are the highest leaders of South Korea who have traveled north for more than ten years, taking advantage of the historic approach made during the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
His conversations with Kim Jong Un lasted more than four hours.
South Korean emissaries are scheduled to depart on Wednesday for Washington to report on this trip. The United States has just imposed new unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the toughest to date, according to President Donald Trump.