Seoul — South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit Pyongyang in September, while Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is ready to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at "an early" (but unspecified) date. Moon says his visit will be a "bold step" towards formally ending the decades-old war with the nuclear-armed North. The two Koreas agreed earlier this week to hold a third meeting between Moon and Kim in September as a rapid diplomatic thaw builds on the peninsula following their first summit in April. Moon’s trip to the North Korean capital will be the first visit by a South Korean head of state to Pyongyang since 2007. The leaders will "take a bold step towards declaring an end to the war and a peace treaty", Moon said at a ceremony on Wednesday marking the 73rd anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. The 1950-1953 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two neighbours technically still in a state of conflict. T...

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