(27.4.2018) The following is the full text of the declaration signed Friday by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in after their summit on the southern side of the border village of Panmunjom.
President Moon Jae-in has given his word that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still committed the „complete denuclearization“ of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung has more from the South Korean leader’s press conference broadcast live earlier this Sunday morning. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is determined to meet U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The top leaders of the north and the south open-heartedly listened to each other’s opinions on the crucial pending matters without formality, and had a candid dialogue. The meeting offers another historic occasion in opening up a new chapter in the development of the north-south relations.
The fourth north-south summit held at Panmunjom, recorded in history as a symbol of national reconciliation and unity, peace and prosperity, will provide all Koreans with a new hope and vitality.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official said Seoul’s intelligence chief Suh Hoon and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong-chol have been in close communication since the April 27th summit. Last Friday, Suh and Kim were discussing how to prepare for the North Korea-U.S. summit, and how to improve inter-Korean relations as part of the follow-up measures to the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration. During that process, the North Korean official relayed Kim Jong-un’s desire for the leaders of the two Koreas to hold an informal and candid meeting.
Pyongyang’s Korean Central Television aired seven minutes of footage Sunday morning from the second Moon-Kim summit. The background music was familiar to all Koreans: a song called „Our Hope is Reunification.“ „After just 29 days, another meeting of great importance has been held between the highest leaders of the North and the South at the historic site of Panmunjom.“
Footage of the opening and closing remarks were released this morning as well, showing the leaders of the two Koreas pledging to keep working to improve relations and meet more often. Let’s take a look at some of what they had to say.
The task force is composed of officials from the ministry handling inter-Korean affairs and other relevant government agencies, along with members from civic groups, according to the official.
„As the date is approaching, we need to accelerate preparations,“ the official told reporters on condition of anonymity. „Consultations are underway with relevant agencies and civic groups.“
The recently held Inter-Korea summit seems to have created some progress towards a peace treaty, and the potential for the nuclear disarmament of North Korea. While the countries of the immediate region and United States are deemed to have the most a stake in a less hostile posture on the Korean peninsula, Australia also has a significant interest in the development of greater trust and cooperation between the two Koreas.
„It was clear that the commitment we hear from the North and the leadership is not simply rhetoric, but (they) carefully analyzed and understood obstacles and (they recognize) that it will be a hard process that requires careful attention from others,“ Reverend Christopher Ferguson, the general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), said in a press conference.
He was part of the six-member Christian delegation that traveled to North Korea for a five-day trip ending Monday.
Moon Jae-in handed his North Korean counterpart a blueprint for economic integration at last month’s historic Panmunjom summit
According to Jiji Press, in a telephone conversation on April 29, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed readiness to have dialogue with Japan at „any time“ during the inter-Korean summit. It’s unclear when a Japan-North Korea summit will be held, but surely it will be after the US-North Korea summit. Junichiro Koizumi is the only Japanese prime minister who visited Pyongyang since the Korean War ended in 1953. Abe may want to be the second Japanese prime minister who visits North Korea in history instead of inviting Kim to Tokyo.
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1. South and North Korea will reconnect the blood relations of the people and bring forward the future of co-prosperity and unification led by Koreans by facilitating comprehensive and groundbreaking advancement in inter-Korean relations. Improving and cultivating inter-Korean relations is the prevalent desire of the whole nation and the urgent calling of the times that cannot be held back any further.
(1) South and North Korea affirmed the principle of determining the destiny of the Korean nation on their own accord and agreed to bring forth the watershed moment for the improvement of inter-Korean relations by fully implementing all existing agreements and declarations adopted between the two sides thus far.
Following Friday’s summit between the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his hope that the two countries swiftly implement all agreed actions, including ridding the Peninsula of nuclear arms.
“The Secretary-General applauds today’s truly historic summit,” said Mr. Guterres’ Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, in a statement. “Many around the world were moved by the powerful imagery of the two leaders coming together to advance harmony and peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
The leaders of the two Koreas have agreed to set up a joint contact office in the North’s city of Gaeseong to promote communication and exchanges to continue the recently established peace momentum, according to a joint declaration announced after the third inter-Korean summit held Friday.
Establishing a joint contact office is part of a comprehensive agreement reached at the historic summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il at the truce village of Panmunjeom.
„I cannot stop my excitement as we meet here at such a historical place. Also, it is very moving that you, Mr. President, have come to Panmunjom, the demarcation line, to greet me,“ the North Korean leader said.
Moon also sounded upbeat, saying they were facing a „historic moment.“
Kim surprised many by inviting Moon to briefly cross the inter-Korean border to the North Korean side, which officials from Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae later said was not prearranged.
Despite being on the brink of all-out war a few months ago, leaders of North and South Korea agreed to keep the process of cultural and political exchange open.
XI JINPING-MA YING-JEOU: 2015
After decades of estrangement following a traumatic split at the end of a civil war in 1949, the presidents of China and Taiwan met for the first time ever in Singapore in 2015
In unprecedented scenes, China’s Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou shook hands for more than a minute and smiled for a mass of reporters before holding talks. The summit led to the setting up of a hotline between Beijing and Taipei and a lowering of tensions between the self-ruled island and the mainland.
The Korean unification flag features a set of disputed islands between Japan and South Korea that have been a source of tension for over a millennia.
In a historic summit that few could have imagined just months ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced Friday the opening of “a new era of peace” that would end the Korean War and achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.
At their first summit in more than a decade, the two sides announced they would seek an agreement to establish „permanent“ and „solid“ peace on the peninsula.
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Americans have to ponder over the destiny and prospect of their country, clearly understanding the deep meaning enshrined in the crucial measure of the DPRK, before going rude.
To build a peaceful world without war is the goal of the WPK and it is the consistent stand of our Party and government to struggle for the regional and global peace and security.
The April plenary meeting more evidently clarified the stand and will of the DPRK to open up a new phase for peace in the Korean peninsula and, furthermore, in Northeast Asia. This also conforms with not only the interests of the Korean nation and the regional people but also the common expectation of the international community.
It is the voice of the world public opinion that as the DPRK took an epoch-making measure, this should naturally be responded with sincerity for the development of the situation, not missing the opportunity.
North Korea urged the United States Friday to take sincere action in response to the country’s commitment to denuclearization, denouncing Washington’s pledge to continue its sanctions and pressure in the event of no progress on the North Korea nuclear issue.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday welcomed a surprise set of inter-Korean summit agreements to build peace and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula but urged the North to prove its commitment with action.
According to the statement, the two Koreas agreed to compete together in international sporting competitions, including the 2018 Asian Games, scheduled for Aug. 18-Sept. 2 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. The statement said such moves would show Koreas‘ wisdom, talent and unified efforts to the world.
The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and, within the year, declare an official end to the Korean War that ravaged the two nations from 1950 to 1953.
At a historic summit meeting, the first time a North Korean leader had ever set foot in the South, the leaders vowed to negotiate a peace treaty to replace a truce that has kept an uneasy peace on the divided Korean Peninsula for more than six decades, while ridding it of nuclear weapons.
Speculation about what they are talking in private is mounting.
D-DAY: Pres. Moon and Kim Jong-un to hold historic inter-Korean summit
Moon arrived at the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom shortly after 9 a.m., about one hour after he left his presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul.
Now, the April 27 summit at the truce village of Panmunjeom or at least in the lead-up to it has emerged as a rebuttal to all of the above or the first real case of self-determination.
2018 남북정상회담 일정 (평화, 새로운 시작)
History and Significance of Inter-Korean Summit : Cross the Line (남북정상회담 역사와 의의, 선을 넘다)
Around this time last year, people were talking about Korea being on the brink of war, but now, in drastic contrast, more hopeful thoughts are emerging of reconciliation. So, considering the rocky path the two Koreas have gone through, it’s easy to understand the hype here at the press center. As of 4pm today, over two-thousand-nine-hundred-and-sixty reporters, from 36 countries had registered to cover Friday’s event.
Yes, the excitement over there is apparent even watching here from the studio. We know from your reporting that the South Korean presidential office has been doing everything it can to make sure that the summit tomorrow goes off without a hitch.
The main press center,.. set up at the KINTEX exhibition hall in Goyang, north of the capital Seoul,… is where all the buzz is happening. Countless reporters and news studios are set up,… all to deliver the unprecedented meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas. And our Lee Ji-won,… covered a lot of ground while in the huge venue. She spoke to some of the reporters and news editors from various media around the world, for their perspective on this historic event.
The main contents from the event will be translated into nine languages including Chinese, Arabic and Spanish.
The historic meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will include an official dinner at the joint security area of Panmunjom, an official from Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.
(18.4.2018) after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first day visiting President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., the Japanese public is wondering whether their leader, embattled at home by influence-peddling scandals, might return to Japan with the diplomatic equivalent of an “All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt.”
The Catholic Bishops‘ Conference of Korea (CBCK) issued a statement of support for the scheduled April 27 summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader. The two sides are expected to discuss ways to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, establish lasting peace and improve inter-Korean relations.
„There is a growing expectation that an age of new peace will come after the long confrontation and conflict of 65 years,“ the CBCK said.
The slogan signifies the journey that the two Koreas will have to take to achieve global peace by holding their first summit in 11 years, and that the summit will also serve as a guide for summit talks between North Korea and the United States, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters.
South and North Korean leaders are preparing to hold their talks on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27.