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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Korean Leaders Announce Summit

SEOUL, South Korea -- The leaders of North and South Korea will meet this month for the second time since the peninsula's division after World War II, the two countries announced Wednesday, capitalizing on progress in Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament to revive their historic reconciliation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il will host South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30 in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, South Korean presidential security adviser Baek Jong-chun told reporters.

At the first North-South summit, in June 2000, Kim met then-South Korean President Kim Dae-jung in Pyongyang.

The two Koreas remain technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

But since 2000, they have begun a joint industrial zone in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, bringing together South Korean know-how and cheap North Korean labor.

More than 17,000 relatives split by the heavily fortified border between the countries have met in tearful reunions, and roads and rail lines have been reconnected across the frontier.

The North Korean leader believed the timing was right for a second meeting due to the state of relations between the Koreas and the improved regional situation, South Korean National Intelligence Service head Kim Man-bok quoted his North Korean counterpart as saying earlier this month. The South's spy chief twice visited the North to arrange the summit.

Steps to bring the Koreas closer together have faltered due to the latest standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions.