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Kim Jong Un Committed To ‘Complete Denuclearization’ Of Korean Peninsula

(DCNF) North Korean state media announced Saturday Kim Jong Un’s commitment to a nuclear-free Korea through the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.

“North and South Korea affirmed the common goal of realizing a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization,” the Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday, commenting on Friday’s historic inter-Korean summit. “Sharing the understanding that the measures led and taken by the North and South are very meaningful, significant ones for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, (both sides) agreed to fulfill their respective responsibilities and roles going forward.”

Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday at the border at the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade. During the summit — the third since the end of wartime hostilities — Kim became the first North Korean leader to visit South Korea since the signing of the armistice over six decades ago. In a joint statement following talks, Moon and Kim expressed a desire to denuclearize the peninsula.

That commitment was not only mentioned by KCNA, but it was also carried by the Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling party.

Since Pyongyang began its diplomatic charm offensive, the world has only heard talk of North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization through third parties — such as South Korean diplomats, Chinese state media, and U.S. officials involved in laying the groundwork for President Donald Trump’s eventual meeting with the young North Korean leader.

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A revelation to the people of North Korea that Kim is willing to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is noteworthy and potentially speaks volumes about his sincerity. At the same time though, denuclearization may be interpreted differently in Pyongyang, Seoul, and Washington, D.C. It remains to be seen if all countries are on the same page with this particular issue.

Furthermore, it should be noted a commitment to denuclearization is not the same as saying North Korea will abandon its nuclear arsenal. “I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” former President Barack Obama stated in 2009. America has not forfeited its nuclear weapons.

New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently made a secret trip to North Korea, believes Kim is “serious” about denuclearization, Pompeo saidFriday. While North Korea has repeatedly credited the Korean people, Pompeo stressed the situation would not be as it is now without Trump’s leadership.

“Let there be no doubt, we would not be where we are today without President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign and the work that has been done all around the world to apply pressure to North Korea,” Pompeo explained.

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This article was republished with permission from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Korean Leaders Declare An End To War On Korean Peninsula

(DCNF) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared in a joint statement Friday that “a new era of peace has begun” in Korea.

“There will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula,” the statement read. Kim and Moon met for the first time at a historic summit on South Korean soil Friday. There were handshakes and hugs, shocking scenes given that this time last year, the nuclear sword of Damocles hung not only over Korea, but the world.

“South and North Korea will actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean peninsula,” Friday’s joint statement further explained. “Bringing an end to the current unactual state of armistice and establishing a robust peace regime on the Korean peninsula is a historical mission that must not be delayed any further.”

In their joint statement, the two Korean leaders expressed a desire for closer diplomatic ties, the cessation of hostilities and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through phased disarmament, meetings with China and the U.S. to finally end the Korean War, the transformation of the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone into a peace zone, and the reunification of Korean families torn apart by the war. The two Koreas also agreed to more frequent exchanges and the fielding of unified teams at international sporting events.

Moon agreed to visit Pyongyang in the fall for further negotiations with Kim. The two Koreas “will be reunited as one country,” the North Korean leader said in a separate speech.

While historically significant, the joint statement did not include any clear timetable for a lot of the stated goals. Nonetheless, President Donald Trump, who will also meet Kim, appears quite satisfied with the latest developments on the peninsula.

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Trump credits himself for the changes in Korea, and Moon has also thanked the president. Kim naturally credits himself, praising North Korea’s courage and goodwill for shifts on the Korean Peninsula.

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This article was republished with permission from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Report: North Korea May Seek Peace Treaty to Formally End Korean War

Washington, D.C. – After President Donald Trump agreed to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un, with specific details yet to be worked out, Bloomberg is reporting that Kim may request that the signing of a peace treaty at a proposed meeting with the U.S. president.

On March 12, South Korean newspaper Dong-A Ilbo, citing an unnamed senior official in South Korea’s presidential office, claimed that North Korea may request a peace treaty and the establishment of diplomatic relations with the U.S. – in addition to potentially discussing nuclear disarmament.

The Korean War came to an end with the signing of an armistice, with neither side able to claim outright victory. Military commanders from China and North Korea signed the agreement on one side, while the U.S.-led United Nations Command signed on behalf of the international community. Ironically, South Korea was not a signatory. The armistice was only ever intended as a temporary measure but has been in place for more than 60 years.

“There were agreements between the U.S. and North Korea to open up discussion on a peace treaty, but they never materialized,” Koh Yu-hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul told Bloomberg, noting that conditions were critical. “The U.S. wants a peace treaty at the end of the denuclearization process, while for the North, it’s the precondition for its denuclearization.”

According to the report by Bloomberg:

Signing a peace treaty would require addressing issues regarding the U.S. military’s presence in South Korea and its transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea and United Nations forces in South Korea, Koh said.

Trump’s surprise decision Thursday to accept a meeting with Kim dispensed with decades of U.S. foreign policy by accepting the high-stakes invitation based on a vague offer by Kim to discuss giving up his nuclear weapons program. The decision drew both support from countries seeking to defuse tensions between North Korea and the U.S., and warnings that Kim could be seeking more time to develop his weapons and reduce pressure from international sanctions.

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Although Trump’s acceptance of the offer to meet was considered risky, in another sign of thawing relations between the North and South, South Korean President Moon Jae-in also accepted an offer for a meeting near the countries shared border later next month, in which Kim is expected to propose resuming cultural exchanges and family reunions.

South Korea and U.S. officials are reportedly in discussions over how to conduct upcoming large-scale military drills— largely meant as a display of military might— without provoking the North Korean government. Some reports indicate the US will not have an aircraft participate in the joint military drills in an effort to mitigate the breakthrough in diplomacy.

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