North and South Korean officials will meet on Monday likely to set up a meeting between the leaders of each country in Pyongyang sometime this month.
According to the South Korean daily, Kookmin Ilbo North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in Monday’s negotiations are meant to set up another meeting between the two leaders in late August.
If the reunion happens this will be the third time, an unprecedented number, that leaders of the two nations will meet since after their 1953 armistice. Kim and Moon met in April and later in May, both times along their shared border. The two agreed to a follow-up summit in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang.
A spokesman for South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Sunday officials hoped that Monday's talks would finalize the August session.
"We hope that the timing, venue and the size of the delegation that will visit North Korea will be decided," South Korea's presidential office Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told the media.
North Korea's Kim has been on a circuit of diplomatic summits this year with the leaders of South Korea, China, and the United States. Kim’s surprise March trip to Beijing was allegedly the first time the young leader had left his country since taking office in 2011. He has since returned twice. High ranking North Korean officials have also made diplomatic trips to both Cuba and Iran over the past month.
The U.S. has heavily sanctioned North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program but Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed at their landmark summit on June 12 in Singapore to work towards the disarmament and de-sanctioning of the Korean peninsula.
However, by July Kim was accusing the Trump Administration of making “gangster-like” demands regarding a denuclearization deal. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said the United States' actions against the country since the June Singapore summit have been "alarming."
Last Monday Kim Eui-keum said Seoul is "asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization" and the United States to "show sincere efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding," which is mainly the end of economic sanctions.
Pyongyang has already halted weapons testing and returned the remains of U.S. troops killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War.