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Kim Jong Un, Moon affirm commitment to denuclearise Korean peninsula

The declaration included promises to pursue military arms reduction, cease hostile acts, turn their fortified border into a peace zone, and seek multilateral talks with other countries.

world Updated: Apr 27, 2018 15:36 IST
Agence France-Presse, Seoul
Kim Jong Un,President Moon Jae-in,North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in cross the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone on Friday, on Friday. (AP Photo)

The leader of nuclear-armed North Korea Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in said they were committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after a historic summit Friday.

“South and North Korea confirmed the common goal of realising, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean peninsula,” they said in a joint statement.

They also agreed that they would this year seek a permanent end to the Korean War, nearly 70 years after the hostilities ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty.

The two Koreas will seek meetings with the United States and possibly China – both of them parties to the ceasefire – “with a view to declaring an end to the War and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime”, the statement said.

Moon would visit Pyongyang “in the fall”, the two leaders said, agreeing also to hold “regular meetings and direct telephone conversations”.

There would also be a reunion of families left divided when the Korean War ended, one of the most emotive issues for the people of the two countries.

“South and North Korea agreed to proceed with reunion programmes for the separated families on the occasion of the National Liberation Day of August 15 this year,” they said in a statement, referring to Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II.

Around 57,000 families in the South still have members in the North.

First Published: Apr 27, 2018 12:18 IST