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Two Koreas Announce Summit Plans For This Month


South Korea has announced plans for a summit this month with North Korea to be held in Pyongyang.

South Korean Senior Cabinet Secretary Baek Jong-chun make the summit announcement Wednesday.

He says South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il from August 28th to 30th in Pyongyang.

North and South Korea held their first summit in 2000, thawing relations and ushering in increased contacts.

The countries remain technically at war. An armistice halted fighting between them three years after North Korea invaded the South in 1950. This week, troops from both sides exchanged gunfire across their heavily armed border.

South Korean officials say establishing a permanent peace arrangement will be a top agenda item for the summit. In addition, they hope the summit furthers international efforts to end North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities.

Some experts on Korea, however, have expressed doubt that the meeting will lead to significant improvements in relations between the two countries.

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