Pyongyang Declaration will expedite denuclearisation: S Korean President

Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said that the latest agreement reached at the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang last month will help to advance North Korea’s denuclearisation process.

He made the comments during a cabinet meeting, where the South Korean government ratified the Pyongyang Declaration of the leaders of two Koreas, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Moon said that the agreement “will work to promote the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and make it easier by reducing military tension and developing inter-Korean relations.”

The military agreement was also ratified in the cabinet meeting that was signed between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the summit last month. Under the pact, the two Korean leaders vowed to cease hostilities and never use military force against each other.

The South Korean President underlined that the inter-Korean agreements reached in his previous meetings with Kim would benefit the people of the Korean Peninsula.

“It is also a way to practically improve the human rights conditions of the North Korean people,” Moon remarked, in an apparent reference to the grave human rights situation in the communist country.

On September 18, Moon visited Pyongyang and held talks with Kim, which was his first visit as the president. The visit was largely aimed at brokering the stalled talks between North Korea and the United States over the former’s progress of denuclearisation and to discuss steps to further improve inter-Korean ties.

Ever since assuming office in May last year, Moon has undertaken proactive steps to improve South Korea’s relations with North Korea and strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

While addressing the 73rd United Nations General Assembly last month, the 65-year-old leader had called for the support of the world community to help North Korea advance towards denuclearisation and to establish peace in the Korean Peninsula.