Saturday, April 28, 2018

North Korea Says Historic Summit Opens 'New Era for Peace'

Historic Summit Opens 'New Era for Peace'
North Korea on Saturday hailed its summit with the South as a "historic meeting" that paved the way for the start of a new era, after the two leaders pledged to pursue denuclearization and a permanent peace.

The official KCNA news agency carried the text of the leaders' Panmunjom Declaration in full and said the encounter opened the way "for national reconciliation and unity, peace and prosperity".

In the document, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in "confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula".

But the phrase is a diplomatic euphemism open to interpretation on both sides, AFP reported.

Pyongyang has long wanted to see an end to the US military presence and nuclear umbrella over the South, but it invaded its neighbor in 1950 and is the only one of the two Koreas to possess nuclear weapons.

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