North & South Korea set date for first summit in a decade

Mar 29, 2018, 7:04 AM EDT
Earlier this month S. Korean officials met N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
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The officials from North and South Korea issued a joint statement on Thursday, announcing that the leaders of the two countries will meet at a summit to be held in the border village of Panmunjom on April 27.

The development is the latest in a string of diplomatic breakthroughs between the two Korean nations over the last 80 days, notes the BBC.

This would be the first summit between North and South Korea in more than a decade and just the third-ever meeting between their leaders, writes The Guardian. The summit offers a channel for the North to talk to the U.S. as it seeks relaxation in economic sanctions imposed on it.