Koreas, US conclude 'constructive' talks

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The annual Foal Eagle military exercises in South Korea could be cut short to avoid coinciding with the tentative summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the end of May.

The decision by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet comes amid a rapid rapprochement kicked off with the recent Winter Olympics in the South.

Seoul-based Yonhap news quoted Tak as saying the two Koreas will hold a joint performance on April third while the South Korean performers will hold their own concert on April first.

South Korea stated earlier that its three-member delegation will be led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

The two sides will each send a three-member delegation to the 29 March meeting.

Following a period of heightened tensions stoked by the North's nuclear and missile tests previous year, a rapid rapprochement has been underway on the Korean peninsula.

Finland says delegates from North and South Korea and the United States have concluded "constructive" unofficial diplomatic talks in the Nordic country that were widely believed to have focused on laying the groundwork for an upcoming meeting between the Koreas and a planned U.S. Unlike in the past, this time one of the most important things that have alarmed the North Korean regime is the unpredictable behaviour of the United States administration. Economic sanctions too have shown a huge impact on the Kim regime' behaviour, with even China, a close friend of North Korea, announcing on February 18 the suspension of coal imports from the DPRK.

North Korea said it will put "its utmost efforts" into preparing for the Inter-Korean Summit through the high-level talks at Tongilgak, Panmunjeom, on March 29, according to the Unification Ministry. He's expected to meet with Kim in April, the first time the North Korean leader has publicly met with a foreign head of state.

Then, through a South Korean envoy, Kim invited Trump to talks.

Among the six North Korean delegates was senior diplomat Choe Kang Il, who handles North American affairs for his government, while the US delegation is believed to have included Kathleen Stephens, the former USA ambassador to South Korea.