President of the South Korea Moon Jae-in and Supreme Leader of the North Korea Kim Jong Un have signed a joint declaration on peace and unification of the Korean Peninsula, Russian news agency TASS reported on April 27.
The joint declaration signed by two leaders in the wake on the inner-Korean summit declares:
“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.”
According to the declaration “there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun.” It also stresses that both sides “will hold dialogue and negotiations in various fields, including at high level.”
The militaries of the both countries have agreed to maintain constant contacts, including the level of the defense ministers.
North and South Koreas are conditioned to sign a peace treaty as the declaration reads:
“During this year that marks the 65th anniversary of the Armistice, South and North Korea agreed to pursue trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the United States and China with a view to declaring an end to the war and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.”
South Korea’s President thanked North Leader for that “bold step”:
“It was a historical meeting. There will be no more wars on the Korean Peninsula… The full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula begins today.”
Moon is to visit Pyongyang in autumn, states the declaration.
It also said the two Koreas “agreed to establish a joint liaison office with resident representatives of both sides in the Gaesong region in order to facilitate close consultation between the authorities as well as smooth exchanges and cooperation between the peoples”.
Moon and Kim agreed to start working on connecting separated families as well as railways and roads of the two countries.
The declaration also includes promises to transform fortified border into a peace zone and seek multilateral talks with other countries including the US.
The inner-Korean summit bridges the way to the Kim Jong Un and the US President Donald Trump meeting, which is expected in late May or June. Trump welcomed the Korean negotiations and the declaration’s result.
KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 27 April 2018