South and North Korea will hold high-level talks on Monday to discuss holding a summit meeting between their leaders to deepen inter-Korean relations.
The meeting will take place on the north side of Panmunjom two Korea around 10 o'clock, according to the Ministry of Cohesion
The South Korean delegation is headed by the Association Minister Cho Myoung-gyon. His North Korean counterpart will be Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Association of the country.
"(We) will discuss the general implementation situation of the Panmunjom Declaration and other matters," Cho told reporters before setting out on the talks, citing the agreement reached at the historic summit was reached in April.
"The views will change in the light of the Summit Summit agreed in the Declaration," he added.
The talks are mainly about ironing out details such as the date and place of the event, the third summit meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two agreed to hold their summit in Pyongyang in the fall after the first meeting in April and second May.
High-level talks are taking place against a backdrop of mounting concerns that the process of denuclearization since the North Korea-US summit on June 12 has been slower than expected.
The two countries appear to be accusing each other of delaying the implementation of what their leaders had agreed on at the historic summit.
The US has called on the North to intensify its denuclearization efforts while the North argues
The pressure on South Korea seems to be increasing to reach the apparent deadlock in talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
During the talks on Monday In addition, the two Koreas are likely to discuss what has been implemented since their last summits, in particular as regards their promised efforts to strengthen cross-border exchanges and cooperation.
Since the high-level meeting in June, they have held talks to discuss details of cooperation in various areas such as railways, roads and sports.
The North has expressed frustration over the slower than expected pace on these fronts. The Seoul government seems unwilling to press for full cooperation with the North, hampered by multi-layered sanctions on Pyongyang. (Yonhap)