North, South Korea Chiefs Shake on Peace


The document envisions the conclusion of a peace treaty between the North and South already this year. The leaders of the two countries also agreed to work together to fully denuclearize the Korean Peninsula

The leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a joint declaration following the summit, which stipulates, among other things, the conclusion of a peace treaty between the countries later this year, the South Korean agency Yonhap reports.

The live broadcast on the summit website showed the leaders of the North and the South embraced after signing the document.

The signed declaration provides for joint work of the two countries on the full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

“South and North Korea have reaffirmed their common goal of achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization,” Yonhap quotes excerpts from the declaration.

The DPRK and the Republic of Korea also announced their intention to conclude a peace treaty that would replace the 1953 truce. “The two leaders declare before our people of 80 million and the entire world there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula and a new age of peace has begun,” the declaration said.

“The termination of the current state of armistice and the establishment of a lasting peace regime are a historical task that (the DPRK and the Republic of Korea – RBC) can no longer postpone,” the document says.

To achieve these goals, the two Koreas agreed to accept the assistance of the international community, as well as participate in tripartite and quadripartite negotiations on this topic – together with China and the United States.

The current demilitarized zone on the border between the two states, where the historic meeting of Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae- is taking place, will be turned into an “authentic zone of peace”.

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