North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold a summit aimed at resolving nuclear tensions on the peninsula, officials said Saturday.
The development is another breakthrough in the 15-month standoff over suspicion that the Communist North has been developing nuclear weapons.President Kim Il Sung proposed the summit through former President Carter, who returned to Seoul Saturday after a four-day trip to North Korea.
South Korean President Kim Young-sam has accepted, government officials said Saturday.
The top leaders of the two Koreas have never met since their peninsula was divided into the communist North and the capitalist South in 1945.
The Koreas made similar proposals for summit talks, but there have been no follow-up moves on them.
Quoting Carter, chief presidential spokesman Choo Don-shik said Kim Il Sung expressed hope that he would like to meet his South Korean counterpart unconditionally "at any time, any place."
Working contacts between the two Koreas are expected to be held to work out details of the first summit between the two Koreas, the spokesman said.
Carter held two rounds of lengthy talks with the North Korean leader in an effort to resolve the 15-month deadlock over the reclusive state's refusal to allow full inspections of its nuclear facilities.