Two Koreas pledge to boost ties

Pauline Gross
October 17, 2018

Washington in hoping for a tangible action such as a complete revelation of North Korea's nuclear and missile spaces, prior to assembling Pyongyang's desire to involve a solemn conclusion to the Korean war and the relaxation of global consent.

Kim Jong-un confirmed last week at a meeting with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo that North Korea's Punggye Ri nuclear test site had been dismantled and invited inspectors to visit the country to verify that.

North and South Korea will also discuss late this month a proposed bid to co-host the 2032 Olympics and participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics together, according to the statement.

The accord includes halting military exercises, a no-fly zone near their border and the gradual removal of land mines and guard posts within the DMZ.

He's in charge of coordinating a strategy on North Korea and dealing with a broad range of alliance issues, such as splitting the cost of U.S. Forces Korea and maintaining partnerships on sanctions against Pyongyang and Tehran.

A military deal between the two Koreas, endorsed by Moon and Kim at their third summit, has provoked "discontent" from U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, South Korea's foreign minister said last week.

The Joint Security Area is overseen by the U.N. Command and by North Korea, with South Korean and North Korean border guards facing each other only meters (yards) apart.

North and South Korea held high-level talks on Monday at Panmunjom to discuss steps to follow their recent summit.

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The two Koreas will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconnection of their railways and roads as early as next month, they agreed Monday, as Seoul pursues an approach to the nuclear-armed North increasingly diverging from the US.

Le Figaro on Sunday described Moon as resembling an "Asian Harry Potter", but noted his "steel determination" as he plays a mediating role between the unpredictable U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim.

His comments come amid United States concerns that inter-Korean relations may be warming too fast relative to negotiations to dismantle North Korea's weapons programs.

Trump has encouraged US allies to maintain sanctions on North Korea until it denuclearizes to maintain a campaign of pressure against Kim's government.

The president said he will ask for Pope Francis' support and prayers for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula when they meet on Thursday.

The actions could include putting a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, opening of a USA liaison office in North Korea, humanitarian aid and an exchange of economic experts, Moon said.

"I'm devastated", Mr Kim Myong-sung of the Chosun Ilbo, a conservative South Korean newspaper, told Reuters, adding that he had been told of the decision just before he was due to depart for the DMZ.

Nearly 1,200 North Koreans were living and working in Mongolia at the end of a year ago, before United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang required them to leave.

Other reports by GizPress

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