Could the third inter-Korean summit talks be held sooner than expected?
At North Korea's request, the two sides are holding high-level talks next Monday at Tongil-gak, a building located on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom.
Meeting for the fourth time this year, the main talking point for the delegates this time will be planning the next inter-Korean summit.
"We will have a deep discussion with the North Korean side about measures to promote the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration and about successfully holding inter-Korean summit talks."
That announcement adds weight to the possibility of a third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un happening sooner than initially scheduled.
When they met for the first time in April, they agreed President Moon would visit Pyongyang in the fall.
But there have been reports recently that Moon and Kim could meet as soon as this month to try to find a breakthrough in the North Korea-U.S. nuclear negotiations, which have slowed down because of differences between the two about formally ending the Korean War.
Another major topic at the high-level talks next week, according to Seoul, will be how well the two sides have been implementing the April summit agreement, dubbed the Panmunjom Declaration.
They'll also talk about promoting inter-Korean exchanges, which could involve events like a concert by North Korean performers and inter-Korean basketball games, this time in Seoul.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.