Hot­line for Korean lead­ers likely to be in­stalled this week: of­fi­cial

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A hot­line for the lead­ers of South and North Korea will likely be set up later this week, a se­nior pres­i­den­tial Blue House of­fi­cial said Tues­day.

Im Jong-seok, South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in’s chief of staff, told a press brief­ing that the hot­line be­tween Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is ex­pected to be in­stalled around Fri­day, as work­ing-level talks were al­ready held twice on that is­sue.

Im said the first Moon-Kim con­ver­sa­tion through the hot­line is ex­pected to be made pos­si­ble around Fri­day, but he noted that the ex­act date had yet to be de­cided.

There’s no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of the phone con­ver­sa­tion from North Korea as of press time.

Moon and Kim agreed to hold their first face-to-face meet­ing on April 27 at the bor­der vil­lage of Pan­munjom. They de­cided to es­tab­lish a di­rect hot­line be­tween them and have the first tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion be­fore the sum­mit.

Im said the Moon-Kim sum­mit will be a his­toric event as it will be the first time for a North Korean leader to set foot on South Korean soil, Seoul-based Yon­hap News Agency re­ported.

If nec­es­sary, Im said, the pos­si­bil­ity is al­ways open for Chung Eui-yong, chief of the Blue House’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Of­fice, or Suh Hoon, head of the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice, to visit Py­ongyang be­fore the in­ter-Korea sum­mit.

As Moon’s spe­cial emis­saries, Chung and Suh met with the North Korean leader in Py­ongyang in March when the two Koreas agreed to hold the third-ever in­ter-Korea sum­mit in late April.

Im said com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines with North Korea has al­ways been smooth.

He added many is­sues would be dis­cussed be­tween the two sides dur­ing the sec­ond round of work­ing-level talks on se­cu­rity, pro­to­col and me­dia cov­er­age for the Moon-Kim sum­mit.

The work­ing-level di­a­logue is set to be held on Wed­nes­day in Pan­munjom. Xin­hua

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