KIM Jong-un and Moon Jae-in have taken a step closer towards peace as they vowed to denuclearise at a historic summit in Pyongyang today.
The two sides signed a wide-ranging agreement, including plans for Kim to visit Seoul – and announced they’ll make a bid to co-host the 2032 Olympics.
The North Korean leader said he’d dismantle his main nuclear complex if the US takes corresponding measures, according to the South Korean president.
Moon also says the North has agreed to permanently dismantle a missile engine test site and a launch pad in the presence of international experts.
Neither leader mentioned a declaration of formally ending the Korean War, which was stopped by ceasefire in 1953, despite the North’s earlier demands.
Standing by Moon’s side, Kim said: “We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat.
“The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate.
“But we aren’t afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation.”
The two Koreas also agreed to establish buffer zones along their land and sea borders to reduce military tensions and prevent accidental clashes.
The statement signed by the countries’ defence chiefs also says the two sides agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December, with the aim of removing them eventually.The statement says the two also agreed to no-fly zone above the military demarcation line that will apply to planes, helicopters and drones.
Seoul has been stressing the importance of reducing the conventional military threat between the Koreas to prevent accidental clashes that can escalate into a nuclear conflict.
It also said that the leaders would push for a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons and to “eliminate all the danger of war.”
US President Donald Trump responded to the announcement on Twitter as “very exciting”.
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