- North Korea and South Korea will take turns rehearsing for their joint summit in the same venue where they’re scheduled to meet.
- That venue is the Peace House in the “truce village” of Panmunjom, along the DMZ.
- South Korea will use the building on Tuesday and Thursday, and North Korea will rehearse there on Tuesday or Wednesday.
- It’s unknown how Kim Jong Un will arrive for the meeting, but officials are reportedly preparing for a historic walk across the Korean border.
North Korea and South Korea will take turns rehearsing for next week’s historic summit in the “truce village” of Panmunjom.
The Inter-Korean summit will be the first meeting between leaders of the two countries in more than a decade with Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in meeting at Peace House on South Korea’s side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Ahead of the meeting, South Korea will use the building to hold rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday next week. And, according to Moon’s spokesman Kim Eui Keyom, North Korea will also hold rehearsals in the same building on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Organisers from the South’s preparatory committee, which is overseeing the agenda, communication, promotion, and operational support of the summit will attend on Tuesday, while Thursday’s rehearsal will be more detailed. To prepare for the event, South Korea has been refurbishing the building with extra security measures and a new paint job.
It will also create two situation rooms, one on the third floor of the Peace House and a second for Moon’s presidential office in the nearby Freedom House.
A third situation room will be established in another city to host the 2,800 journalists who have registered to cover the summit, more than twice as many as at the last two summits in 2000 and 2007. The Koreas have also agreed to stream some of the summit live.
Ahead of the April 27 meeting, Moon and Kim are expected to speak over the phone. A direct phone line will be established on Friday but a date for the call has yet to be confirmed.
It’s unknown how Kim will arrive at the Peace House, but officials are reportedly preparing for him to make the symbolic walk across the DMZ, a first for any North Korean leader.
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