North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in an April 27 summit, Seoul officials said on Thursday. The rare summit would be the first meeting between leaders of the rival Koreas since 2007.

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The leaders of South and North Korea will meet at a border town on April 27 in a historical summit meeting, Seoul announced on Thursday. North and South Korean leaders have only ever met twice since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The announcement is yet another development in recent diplomatic efforts carried out in the Korean Peninsula. The summit is expected to serve as a precursor to a possible meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. 

The April date was agreed upon by high-ranking officials from both countries, who met Thursday at Panmunjom, the “truce” village located at the border. The officials are expected to meet again on April 4 to discuss the preparations for the event. During the talks on Thursday, the leader of Pyongyang’s delegation at Panmunjom, Ri Son Gwon, called the recent events in inter-Korean relations “unprecedented.”

As previously reported by JOL, North Korea’s Kim has recently conducted a four-day visit to China, in his first reported trip abroad since the leader assumed power. During his “unofficial” visit, Kim reportedly vowed that he remained committed to denuclearization.  “The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill,” Kim said, as cited by Chinese state media.