South Korea on Thursday will announce the outcome of a North Korea trip by a special envoy of President Moon Jae-in that is widely expected to include the date for Moon's third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Chung Eui-yong, Moon's special envoy and head of the presidential National Security Office, will hold a press conference at 10:40 a.m. on the outcome of his one-day trip to Pyongyang, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
Chung returned home late Wednesday after leading a five-member delegation to the North Korean capital.
There, he delivered a letter from Moon to the North Korean leader, Cheong Wa Dae said earlier.
The trip was largely aimed at setting a specific date for the third Moon-Kim meeting as the countries earlier agreed to hold the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang this month.
The visit, however, has also drawn keen attention from the international community as it came amid an apparent impasse in denuclearization talks between the United States and North Korea.
Trump called off a scheduled trip to North Korea by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month, citing a lack of progress in the denuclearization process.
Chung said his second trip to Pyongyang in six months was partly aimed at removing the stumbling block in the U.S.-North Korea negotiations.
"The special delegation also plans to hold discussions on ways to completely denuclearize (the peninsula) and establish lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula," he said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Cheong Wa Dae said its summit preparation committee will hold its first meeting later in the day to discuss preparations from the proposed Moon-Kim summit, apparently indicating the two Koreas may have set a date for it.
The committee meeting will be held from 4:30 p.m. It will be chaired by Moon's Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok, and involve the foreign, defense and unification ministers, as well as Chung and National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon, who also visited Pyongyang this week as part of the five-member delegation.
Source: Yonhap News Agency