South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un have signed a joint statement following their bilateral
talks in Pyongyang. The countries’ defense chiefs have meanwhile signed a
separate military pact.
As part of the military
agreement, the neighbors will halt border drills from November 1, Yonhap
reports. South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and North Korea’s
No Kwang-chol also agreed to stop military flights in the vicinity of
the demarcation line. In addition, the agreement envisions setting up a
buffer zone in the Yellow Sea and suspending maritime drills.
clear sign of mutual trust, the Pyongyang military agreement also calls
for the withdrawal of soldiers from the demilitarized zone and
disarming the servicemen keeping watch at Panmunjom border village. The
nations also agreed that each would close eleven border guard posts by
the end of 2018.
The Koreas’ armed forces will establish and operate a “joint military committee” to discuss the implementation of the military agreement on a “permanent basis,” Moon Jae-in noted.
Speaking to the press on the outcome of Moon's visit to North Korea, Kim noted that the “agreement at Pyongyang summit will advance an era of peace, prosperity.”
Kim especially noted that the military agreement will help to
denuclearize the peninsula and reach a lasting peace. He also agreed to
travel soon to South Korea to meet Moon for the fourth time since the
reconciliation effort between the neighbors began with the Olympic Peace
diplomacy earlier this year. To emphasize their commitment to peace,
the nations have decided to send a united team to the 2020 Olympic Games
in Tokyo, and will submit a joint bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics...
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