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Moon, Trump speak by phone on eve of N. Korea trip by S. Korean envoy

Combined photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and South Korean President Moon Jae. (Kyodo)

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean President Moon Jae In and U.S. President Donald Trump held talks over the telephone on Tuesday, on the eve of the departure of a South Korean presidential envoy to North Korea to discuss plans for a third inter-Korean summit.

"President Moon explained in detail that the special envoy will be sent to prepare for S. Korea-N. Korea summit and to settle permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula through denuclearization," the presidential office said in a statement.

It showed that Trump wished for a fruitful result from the upcoming inter-Korean summit, which is expected to take place sometime this month.

Separately, the White House said Moon briefed Trump that he was sending Seoul's top security adviser Chung Eui Yong to Pyongyang "to meet with Chairman Kim and promised a readout of that meeting," in reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who is chairman of the country's Workers' Party of Korea.

Moon and Trump discussed their efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and agreed to meet later this month on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, it said in a statement.

Moon on Sunday appointed Chung to lead a five-member delegation to visit North Korea.

The delegation will include Suh Hoon, chief of the National Intelligence Service, Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae Sung, Yun Kun Young, presidential secretary for state affairs, and Kim Sang Gyun, a senior NIS official.

Those five members met with Kim Jong Un in March when they traveled to Pyongyang to plan the historic summit on April 27 between Moon and Kim at the border village of Panmunjeom.

The two leaders held a second summit there on May 26.

North and South Korea agreed in high-level talks on Aug. 13 to hold a third inter-Korean summit sometime in September in Pyongyang.

The South Korean delegation will fly directly to North Korea on Wednesday over the Yellow Sea and return to Seoul the same day.

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