Two Koreas Set Summit

Leaders of divided peninsula will meet for first time since 2000
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2007 7:47 AM CDT
A South Korean man watches a TV screen showing pictures of South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The leaders of North and South Korea will meet for a three-day summit at the end of the month for the first time in 7 years, Reuters reports. The summit in Pyongyang is expected to have little impact on the six-party negotiations that succeeded in inducing the North Koreans to shut down its nuclear reactor in exchange for shipment of oil and other aid. But it was welcomed by all parties.

Although a top South Korean official predicted the summit will help establish a "peace regime" on the Korean peninsula, Reuters says the real focus is on South Korea's presidential elections in December, in which the current leftist government faces a challenge from a right wing party that advocates taking a tougher line on Pyongyang.