South Korean (L) and North Korean officials hold working-level military talks at the truce village of Panmunjom on September 13, 2018, in this photo provided by Seoul's defense ministry.
President Moon "believes that improved inter-Korean relations have some role in facilitating US-DPRK (North Korea) talks and solving the North Korean nuclear problem", he said. -North Korea summit in June.
Visiting research fellow Cheon Seong Whun, with the Asian Institute for Political Studies, told VOA there is fundamentally one issue the global community needs to focus on at the summit.
The report submitted to the Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee last month said Pyongyang had not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and was violating United Nations sanctions on exports.
However, the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyung Nam University's Professor Kim Dong-yub said denuclearization is not the focus of the upcoming summit.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is expected to fly to Pyongyang for the first time next week in the hopes of accelerating global efforts to denuclearize North Korea.
The neighbours are also discussing reconnecting railways and roads, and lessening guard posts along the heavily militarised border.
Friday's opening of the office at the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the latest in a series of reconciliatory steps the Koreas have taken this year.
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The building includes separate Northern and Southern offices and a joint conference room, and is meant to facilitate cross-border exchanges following the Panmunjom Summit between Moon and the North's leader Kim Jong Un, the unification ministry said.
But Bolton, known for his hawkish stance against Pyongyang, added, "President Trump can't make the North Koreans walk through the door he is holding open".
Opening the joint liaison office today is an important step, considering that we're just a few days away from the next inter-Korean summit.
However, the true benefit of the office won't be realized for some time, said Lee Kyu-chang, Senior Research Fellow, Unification Policy Research Division, at Korea Institute for National Unification.
North Korea, which marked the 70th anniversary of the country's founding last Sunday, held several related events in Pyongyang, such as a military parade, mass games and a torch march.
In that meeting, described as historic, they reaffirmed their commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, although they also agreed to reduce their conventional weapons, reduce military tension and promote lasting peace in that region.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russian Federation on Friday of actively working to undermine worldwide sanctions on North Korea and said the enforcement of the steps was essential to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. But its operation was suspended in 2016 amid an escalating standoff over North Korea's long-range rocket launch.