Inter-Korean summit likely to confirm N. Korean commitment to denuke

TOKYO, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Wednesday that the upcoming inter-Korean summit meeting will likely be a chance to confirm North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization, Yonhap News Agency reported.

“The South-North summit talks are expected to be a venue where (the top leaders) discuss the issue of denuclearization frankly and verify North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization,” Kang said during an event hosted by the Korea Peace Foundation in Seoul.

The summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to take place on Friday on the south side of the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom. “(The two Koreas) will likely form a common understanding of the ways to institute peace, which could build a permanent peace regime to replace their unstable armistice regime,” she noted.

The key agenda items for the historic summit will be denuclearization, peace building and fence-mending between the Koreas, the top diplomat also said, adding that the event will be the starting point for laying the groundwork for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a guide to help the upcoming North Korea-US summit through success.

In addition to the denuclearization issue, other major inter-Korean subjects will be put up for discussion including easing military tensions, humanitarian matters and inter-Korean cooperation, according to Kang.

“A peace regime (to be instituted with the North) would make it possible (for the Koreas) to prevent potential military conflicts on the Korean Peninsula and to have mutually prosperous economic cooperation,” she added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency