On Wednesday, North Korea’s President Kim Jong-un has pledged to dismantle the country’s main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon, if the United States undertakes a similar act, to “eliminate all the danger of war.”
“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Kim declared, during a third summit this year with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The North Korean leader agreed to the disassembling of missile sites with international inspectors present.
Kim and Moon rode in an open limousine through streets lined with crowds of North Koreans, who cheered and waved the flag of their country and a blue-and-white flag that symbolizes Korean unity.
“The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate. But we aren’t afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation,” Kim added.
President Moon also announced, during the Pyongyang summit, that both Koreas will also seek to joint-host the 2032 Summer Olympics. Moon had traveled to the North on Tuesday to hold further peace talks with Kim. A joint liaison office building was also recently opened, in the North Korean city of Kaesong, to strengthen relations.
The two Korean leaders agreed to remove landmines and withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December, and to establish a no-fly zone above the military demarcation line that bisects the two countries that will apply to planes, helicopters and drones.
The 248-kilometer border is the world's most heavily fortified, with hundreds of thousands of troops stationed along its contours.
“It’s not too much to say that it’s Moon’s efforts that arranged a historic North Korea-U.S. summit. Because of that, the regional political situation has been stabilized and more progress on North Korea-U.S. ties is expected,” Kim said, according to South Korean media.
U.S. President Donald Trump has stated that he has a solid relationship with Kim, after their June summit in Singapore. North Korea has requested a formal declaration of the end of the Korean War, which saw fighting halted in 1953 by a cease-fire, but neither leader broached the topic.