President Donald Trump has hailed a decision by North Korea to allow international inspectors to observe a ‘permanent dismantlement’ of its key missile facilities, freeze missile and nuclear testing, and to take other steps toward normalization of relations with South Korea
- Tweets from Trump came as Pyongyang summit between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in came to an end
- Moon says North Korea will be ready to take significant steps toward denuclearization if the U.S. responds in kind
- North and South Korea announced series of measures aimed at normalizing relations
The president tweeted late Tuesday: ‘Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts.
‘In the meantime there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing.’
Trump also tweeted on Tuesday that North Korea has agreed to conduct searches for the remains of soldiers who went missing during the Korean War.
‘Also, North and South Korea will file a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics,’ the president tweeted.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday (local Korea time) that the North would agree to dismantle missile sites and take other steps such as closing its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if the United States takes reciprocal measures.
North and South Korea agreed that the Korean Peninsula should turn into a ‘land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats,’ Moon said following the conclusion of his summit talks with the North Korean leader.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Moon, Kim said he will visit the South’s capital Seoul ‘in the near future.’
A joint statement says the two Koreas agreed to establish buffer zones along their land and sea borders to reduce military tensions and prevent accidental clashes.
The statement signed by the countries’ defense chiefs also says the Koreas agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December with the aim of removing them eventually.
The statement says the Koreas also agreed to no-fly zone above the military demarcation line that bisects the two Koreas that will apply to planes, helicopters and drones.