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Koreas to launch joint liaison office on Sep 14

ANI  |  Seoul [South Korea] 

North and will officially inaugurate their joint liaison office on Friday with an aim to bolster inter-Korean cooperation and improve cross-border exchange and contacts.

The office will be officially launched in the North Korean border town of The inauguration is a follow-up of the agreement made by the leaders of North and South Korea, and Moon Jae-in, during the first inter-Korean summit between them at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) in April, reported.

"The liaison office will become a round-the-clock consultation and communication channel for advancing inter-Korean relations, easing military tensions and establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula," the South Korean ministry said in a press release.

"We expect that South-North Korean relations will be managed in a stable manner through 24-hour communication, 365 days of the year, which is also expected to be conducive to advancing relations between and the United States," it added.

From South Korea, will lead a delegation while from the North Korean side, a of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, that is responsible for maintaining inter-Korean exchange, will be attending the ceremony.

Also, South Korea's and top North Korean official, Ri Son-kwon, who were involved in previous high-level talks will be participating in the event.

After the liaison office becomes operational, both North and will have 20 officials each to discuss various issues to strengthen inter-Korean cooperation. The two sides will also ink a pact on how to operate the office.

The office, which is the first-of-its-kind, was supposed to be opened last month but got delayed. The opening comes ahead of Moon's scheduled visit to next week to meet Kim for the third time.

The two leaders are expected to hold deliberations on further ways to enhance inter-Korean cooperation and denuclearisation of the

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 23:55 IST
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