Thu Sep 13, 2018, 09:09 PM

Hopes Rise As Two Koreas Open de Facto Joint Embassy On North's Side Of Border

Joyce Lee

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will open a joint liaison office on the North’s side of the heavily militarized border on Friday, a South Korean official said, as hopes rise for progress in stalled denuclearization talks at a summit next week.

The joint liaison office, seen as the start of a de facto embassy, is another step toward closer cooperation between the two Koreas.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold their third meeting this year in Pyongyang next week, when it is hoped they can help resolve a diplomatic impasse between the United States and North Korea.

The South Korean government had hoped to open the office by August but it was delayed when denuclearization talks between the United States and North Korea stalled after an historic summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.


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