Rival Koreas agree to third summit in Pyongyang

The rival Koreas have agreed to hold a third summit between their leaders in Pyongyang sometime before the end of September.

The agreement between the two countries’ unification ministers comes amid an ongoing nuclear stand-off between Washington and Pyongyang.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, left, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)

The two sides did not announce an exact date for the summit.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un first met in April in a highly publicised summit and then again in May for more informal talks.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, second from left, talks with his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon, second from right, during a meeting at Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone, North Korea (South Korea Unification Ministry/AP)

The Koreas said in a statement that they had reviewed ways to set up agreements made at the past summits, during nearly two hours of talks at a North Korea-controlled building in the border village of Panmunjom on Monday.

The meeting between delegations of senior officials from Seoul and Pyongyang comes as experts see slow progress on efforts to disarm North Korea since a June summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump.

- Press Association

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