"Now is a very important period in settling peace on the Korean Peninsula".
Ju oversaw the launch of North Korea's Unha 2 long-range rocket in 2009, which he watched alongside then leader Kim Jong Il, Yonhap news agency said.
"They agreed to meet later this month on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NY", she said. Their main agenda, the spokesman said, is to discuss ways to develop inter-Korean ties in a way that does not violate United Nations sanctions, and to find a comprehensive way to implement the April 27th Panmunjom Declaration - namely, to officially end the war and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
USA officials have insisted that a peace declaration, which many see as a precursor to the North eventually calling for the removal of all US troops from the Korean Peninsula, can not come before North Korea takes more concrete action toward abandoning its nuclear weapons.
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".
Declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which was stopped with an armistice that left the Korean Peninsula still technically at war, has been a major point of contention between Washington and Pyongyang and will nearly certainly be discussed by Moon and Kim during their summit.
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Moon and Kim have since agreed to hold a third summit in Pyongyang at an unspecified date in September.
Trump responded by calling off Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned trip to North Korea last week, citing insufficient progress on denuclearization.
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.
Moon's nightmare may be a return to 2017, when animosity created by the North's barrage of nuclear and missile tests and Trump's responding belligerent tweets raised war fears among South Koreans.
They met a second time in Panmunjom in May as they scrambled to salvage plans for a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore, which eventually went ahead on June 12.