Two Koreas to discuss announcing official end to war, report says

Inter-Korean summit seen as overture to Kim Jong-un's meeting with Trump, expert says

N. Korea's leader attends ballet performance by Chinese art troupe

A successful Moon-Kim summit could help pave the way for the Trump-Kim meeting, which would be the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un welcomes Song Tao, the head of the worldwide department at the Central Committee of the Communist Party, in Pyongyang, Korean Central TV reported Saturday.

Song led a Chinese troupe to North Korea for the festival.

On last year's Day of the Sun, Kim put on a military parade bristling with his latest ballistic missiles, exacerbating worldwide tension over his nuclear weapon and missile programmes.

At next week's summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the two neighbors may release a joint statement stating they will seek to ease military tension and to end confrontation, according to the report.

The recent thaw between Seoul and Pyongyang follows months of soaring tensions as the North conducted its most powerful nuclear test and launched more than 20 missiles - including two intermediate-range weapons that flew over Japan and another long-range missile that experts say puts the whole of the United States in striking distance.

Talks are underway about a possible visit by Xi to Pyongyang in June after the inter-Korean summit and North Korea-US summit, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Monday, quoting Chinese and North Korean sources.

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Kim reportedly invited Xi to North Korea during his visit to China in late March.

South Korea has listed 3 main issues to be discussed at its summit with North Korea next week.

Their rapidly warming ties fuel concerns that the global sanctions regime against North Korea might be undermined.

The Japanese media outlet speculated that possible measures by China could include supplying energy to North Korea and creating a special economic zone near the border between the two countries.

A South Korean government minister said on Tuesday that the goal of the forthcoming inter-Korean summit should be to sign a peace treaty, amid high expectations for the first meeting between the leaders of the divided countries in a decade.

It would be the first visit to North Korea by a Chinese president since Hu Jintao back in 2005.

The comments by culture minister Do Jong-whan came as the country's conservative newspaper Munwha Ilbo said the two Koreas were discussing plans to announce an official end to the military conflict on the peninsula.

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