North and South Korea set to make big joint announcement

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

South and North Korea have discussed plans to announce an official end to the military conflict between the two countries that are still technically at war, the Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified South Korean official.

"With a high degree of probability topics of the talks of President moon Jae-In and President, Kim Jong-UN will be the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, establishing a durable peace and the development of inter-Korean relations", - said the TV channel.

A successful meeting between Moon and Kim could pave the way for the summit planned between Kim and US President Donald Trump - the first between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader.

"Given the historical importance of the upcoming summits [inter-Korean Summit and the DPRK-U.S. Summit], the President of the Republic of Korea can not leave the country".

The North initially reached out to South Korea when Kim said in his New Year's address that his country was willing to participate in the PyeongChang Winter Games and hold talks with Seoul to realize that.

Moon Chung-in, a retired Yonsei University professor who is an adviser to President Moon Jae-in on inter-Korean and security issues, shared his assessment in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. The 2 leaders have agreed to hold their first conversation using the link before their meeting.

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"We expect the summit will confirm the denuclearisation will (of North Korea)", he added.

Any joint statement is not expected to include economic co-operation with the North, Im said.

UN Security Council sanctions imposed since North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006 and strengthened over the past decade aim to cut North Korea off from worldwide trade.

He stressed that Seoul will therefore make efforts to communicate with the United States as the country and North Korea work on their summit. Koreans from all four corners of the peninsula hope that Panmunjom - for so long a symbol of division - may become a symbol of peace as the regular meeting place for the leaders of the two Koreas.

Im revealed that a direct phone link between Moon and Kim will likely be set up on Friday.

The delegation of the Republic of Korea on March 5 met with the leader of the DPRK in Pyongyang. "The United States will insist on complete, irreversible and verifiable North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear program in rigid timeframe".

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