After the historic summit at the border truce village of Punmunjeom on April 27, North and South Korea will be meeting once again on Wednesday, May 16, to discuss establishing military and Red Cross talks aimed at lessening border tension and resuming reunions between families who were separated by the Korean War of the early 1950s, Associated Press reported.
On Tuesday, South Korea's Unification Ministry the high-level meeting scheduled at a border truce village will hold talks over how to carry out the pledges taken by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their historic meeting last month, the AP report added. The discussions might also include soft issue like sports. The two sides may set up working-level communications between their sports officials over plans to field united teams in certain categories at the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia in August this year, the report added.
North and South Korean athletes paraded under the same flag at the Peyeongchang Winter Games held in South Korea in February this year - an event which marked the beginning of Kim Jong-un's diplomatic reconciliation with the international community.
The meeting is also set to happen ahead of Moon's meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House on May 22 and the biggest of all - the Kim-Trump meeting in Singapore on June 12. North Korea has also revealed its plan to dismantle its Punggye-ri nuclear site in the presence of world media in the fourth week of May in the run-up to the Kim-Trump summit. The US, China and other powers have been pushing North Korea for long to end its nuclear ambitions and opt for peace and development.
On April 27, the leaders of both Koreas vowed to formally end the Korean War which is still on because of lack of a peace treaty and denuclearise the Korean Peninsula. However, there is yet no consensus on how the denuclearisation will take place, especially between North Korea's old ally in the region China and other players like South Korea and Japan. There is also no confirmation yet over whether the US would remove its troops stationed in South Korea although there was a controversy recently over a media report saying Trump took a decision to reduce American troops from the peninsula.