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The office launched at the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the first of its kind since the Koreas were divided at the end of World War II.

Moon will cross the border into the North for his third meeting with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, amid scepticism over whether the North Korean leader was serious about denuclearisation, a goal vowed at his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June. North Korea would then provide an actual list of the sites for verification and eventual decommissioning by global inspectors, said the sources who were not authorised to speak publicly.

The Koreas will be able to "directly discuss issues 24 hours, 365 days", Seoul's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said.

A summary of the report obtained in August by the Associated Press also said North Korea has not stopped it nuclear and missile programs, adding the regime has violated United Nations sanctions by transferring coal and flouting an arms embargo.

This is a follow-up on the agreement that the leaders of South and North Korea arrived at in their April summit to run such an office on hopes that it will serve as a communication channel to help facilitate inter-Korean cooperation on various fronts.

The Kaesong Industrial Complex in 2013.

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Moon Chung-in, an adviser in the South Korean presidential office, also explained during a briefing with foreign journalists that the president will want his North Korean counterpart to seek "bold and imaginative approaches" that go beyond just freezing of the North's nuclear program and involve a declaration, inspection and verification process.

His remarks came after the White House announced that Trump received a letter from Kim asking for a second meeting, although White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration will not "release the full letter unless the North Korean leader agrees that we should".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who wants the easing of worldwide economic sanctions to restore his nation's economy, has apparently been trying to obtain South Korean financial support or aid, foreign affairs experts say.

Launched in 2004, the industrial park was hailed as a key symbol of economic cooperation between the Koreas as it combined South Korean capital and technology with cheap labor from the North. He has also dismantled his nuclear and rocket-engine testing sites.

High-profile politicians and businessmen are expected to accompany Moon to Pyongyang. But nuclear diplomacy was later stalemated as USA officials demanded Kim take more significant steps before receiving concessions like a joint declaration to end the Korean War. "We can not cease our efforts to mediate and facilitate talks from the middle until dialogue and communication between North Korea and the United States flow smoothly".

Meanwhile, the two Koreas kicked off working-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom Friday morning to discuss protocol, security, communications, and media coverage of next week's summit.