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Two Koreas to discuss announcing official end to war, report says

17 April 2018

While tensions have occasionally flared, the two sides have so far staved off another devastating conflict.

The troupe, led by Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, is visiting Pyongyang to participate in the April Spring Friendship Art Festival.

In pictures released by state media from a ballet performance late on Monday, Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, were seen applauding, posing with dancers, and laughing with the head of the Chinese Communist Party's global liaison department, Song Tao.

Noting his meeting with Kim will soon be followed by a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Moon said the upcoming summits will mark a "great transition" in the history of the world.

"We expect the summit will confirm the denuclearisation will (of North Korea)".

Seoul and Pyongyang are discussing the wording of a possible joint statement to be released at the summit, Im said. Song, however, greeted Kim when he arrived in the Chinese border city of Dandong last month.

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In what would amount to a stunning development, North and South Korea are in discussions to announce at next week's leaders' summit an official end to the military conflict between the two neighbors, which remain technically at war, the South's Munhwa Ilbo daily reported Monday, citing an unidentified "key" South Korean official.

But in late March, Kim made a visit to Beijing, his first known journey overseas since he took power in 2011.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asked for China's economic assistance, as well as backing for the regime's survival and the easing of military threats, Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday.

North Korea's ties with China, its sole major ally, had become strained over the past couple of years over the North's contentious missile and nuclear tests, which China disapproves of.

Xi's planned trip to Pyongyang appeared to have been on the agenda of a weekend meeting between Kim and a senior Chinese official in Pyongyang, it said. North Korea might have wanted to increase its leverage ahead of the historic summits, and China might have meant to show that it is still a major player in resolving the North's nuclear standoff.

The delegation of the Republic of Korea on March 5 met with the leader of the DPRK in Pyongyang.

Two Koreas to discuss announcing official end to war, report says