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Korean leaders agree on denuclearisation

September 19, 2018 at 12:29pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country’s main missile testing and launch sites, says the South’s President Moon Jae-in.

After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders “agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation,” said Moon.

North Korea will close a key missile test facility in the presence of “international experts” and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures, Moon said.

The agreement was described by Kim as a “leap forward” towards military peace on the peninsula.

Speaking to the media Wednesday after a brief signing ceremony, Kim and Moon vowed to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula once and for all, something they first committed to at their April summit.
“The world is going to see how this divided nation is going to bring about a new future on its own,” Kim said to applause from those gathered.

Kim also said he hoped to “visit Seoul in the near future” – he would be the first North Korean leader to do so.

Both countries’ defense chiefs also signed a 17-page accord in which the two countries vowed to “cease all hostile acts against each other.”
“The era of no war has started,” said Moon, the first South Korean president to visit Pyongyang since 2007.
The two countries pledged to:
  • Submit a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
  • Create rail and road links between North and South within the next year.
  • Stop military drills aimed at each other along the Military Demarcation Line, which divides the two countries, by November 1.
  • Remove 11 guard posts in the demilitarized zone by the end of the year.
  • Normalize the Kaesong Industrial complex and Kumgang tourism project as soon as the conditions allow.

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