Inter-Korean summits are meetings between the leaders of North and South Korea. To date, there have been five such meetings so far (2000, 2007, April 2018, May 2018, and September 2018), three of them were in Pyongyang with another two were in Panumjeom. The importance of these summits lies in the lack of formal communication between North and South Korea, which makes discussing political and economic issues difficult. The summits' agendas have included topics such as the ending of the 1950-53 war (currently there is an armistice in force), the massive deployment of troops at the DMZ (approximately two million in total), the development of nuclear weapons by North Korea, and human rights issues.
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In 2000, the representatives of the two governments met for the first time since the division of the Korean peninsula. Kim Dae-jung, the President of South Korea, who arrived at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, met Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea, directly under the trap of the airport, and the rallies and divisions of the People's Army Corps were held.
In June 2007, a summit declaration was adopted, which included the realization of the June 15 Joint Declaration, the promotion of a three-party or four-party summit meeting to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula, and active promotion of inter-Korean economic cooperation projects.
April 2018 summitEdit
A summit was held on 27 April 2018 in South Korea's portion of the Joint Security Area. It was the third summit between South and North Korea, agreed by South Korea's President, Moon Jae-in, and North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un.
May 2018 summitEdit
September 2018 summitEdit
On 13 August, Blue House announced that South Korea's President will be attending the third inter-Korean summit with leader Kim Jong-un at Pyongyang on 18–20 September. The agenda would be finding the strategy of the breakthrough in its hampered talks with U.S and solution for the denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.
- Participants: Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea, and Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea
- Place of meeting: Pyongyang, North Korea
- Date of the meeting: September 18–20, 2018
- Results of talks: Pyongyang Joint Declaration of September 2018 along with a commitment for a future summit meeting in Seoul.
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