S. Korean foreign minister, Pompeo hold phone talks on N. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States had phone talks on North Korea on Monday in a show of close collaboration on the eve of a planned inter-Korean summit.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha briefed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on summit preparations and recent developments in Seoul-Pyongyang ties, according to her ministry.

They agreed to continue close communication each other while making constant efforts for the denuclearization of the peninsula and establishment of a peace regime, it added.

President Moon Jae-in plans to fly to Pyongyang on Tuesday and sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un later in the day.

The leaders will also have talks Wednesday, as Moon is scheduled to return to Seoul the following day, the presidential office announced.

Moon's chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, made it clear that denuclearization will a be key agenda item in the third summit between the left-leaning president and Kim.

Keen attention is being paid to whether Moon will be able to produce a breakthrough in the stalled efforts to advance the denuclearization process.

If so, it would help facilitate another meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump.

Speaking to reporters, Im was cautious about the outlook for any tangible agreement on denuclearization in the Moon-Kim talks.

Finding ways to reduce border tensions and war risks and promote cross-border exchanges are also high on the agenda.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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