South and North Korea agreed Friday that they will work together to end the Korean war and to realize a "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The agreement was part of a joint declaration issued after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a historic summit earlier in the day at the truce village of Panmunjom. "South and North Korea affirmed their shared objective of achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization," said the declaration signed by the leaders of the two Koreas.
Moon and Kim agree to declare the end of the Korean War that has been suspended since an armistice agreement in 1953, to set denuclearization as a common goal and work together to make the Korean Peninsula nuclear free. The two Koreas also agreed to induce support and cooperation from the international community for the sake of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The agreement on the nuclear issue comes as North Korea and the United States are expected to hold an unprecedented summit either in May or early June. Denuclearization will likely top the agenda during the talks between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The other key issues of the joint declaration are as follows:
- The South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit Pyongyang in autumn
- The two Koreas agree to stop a range of hostile acts on the ground, in the air and on the ocean
- Starting May 1 the two Koreas will stop broadcasting propaganda on the inter-Korean border
- The two Koreas will set up a jointly operated liaison office in Gaeseong, North Korea
- On August 15th, the two Koreas will host reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War
- The two Koreas agreed to reconnect an inter-Korean railroad on the East Coast
- Two Koreas will jointly participate in the 2018 Asian Games