Moon names chief security adviser as special envoy to N. Korea

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Seoul also wants a trilateral summit among the countries, or a four-nation meeting that also includes Beijing, to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

The spokesman said it was unclear whether the delegation would meet the North's leader this time around.

On Tuesday, North Korea's Foreign Ministry published a statement on its website arguing that such a declaration should be issued without delay, "as the first process, to manifest the political will to establish the lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

Chung told reporters Tuesday that his focus would be on setting a date for this month's agreed Moon-Kim summit in Pyongyang as well as discussing "ways to completely denuclearize" the Korean Peninsula.

Trump canceled a planned visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang last month, citing a lack of progress in denuclearization by the North.

USA officials maintain that such a declaration can not come before the North takes more concrete steps toward relinquishing its nukes in a verifiable way.

A group of South Korean envoys travelled to Pyongyang on Wednesday to prepare for an upcoming inter-Korean summit and help re-start stalled talks between the USA and North Korea.

Amid faltering negotiations, North Korea has accused the United States of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on denuclearization and delaying a declaration on formally ending the war.

The two past inter-Korean summits in April and May removed war fears and initiated a global diplomatic push that culminated with the meeting between Kim and Trump in June.

The Pyongyang summit could reveal whether Moon is ready to push ahead with more engagement with the North despite US frustration over North Korea.

North Korea had also promised to dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for a peace treaty with South Korea to definitively end the Korean War.

Kim vowed during his unprecedented summit with Trump in June in Singapore to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, but the two sides have made little headway towards that goal.

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