North, South Korea meet to discuss denuclearization in Pyongyang

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President, Moon Jae-in met each other for the third time to kickstart denuclearization in the peninsula and ending the 1950-53 Korean war. Moon was welcomed by a sign which read, “ardently welcome President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang’, AP reported.

The two leaders are currently holding talks till 5 pm (6.30 to 8 pm IST) on Tuesday at the Paekhwawon State Guest House. The same guest house was used by two former South Korean presidents met with Kim’s father, Kim Jong II, to hold talks in 2000 and 2007.

A second round of talks will take place on Wednesday, after which a joint statement will be delivered and a separate military pact will be enacted , reported AP. Moon will return to his country on Thursday.

North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in a statement said that the summit is an important opportunity in “further accelerating the development” in relations between the rivals, reported AP.

Moon said he would push for “irreversible, permanent peace”, having been dubbed as the ‘chief negotiator’ between U.S President Donald Trump and Kim.

Earlier, Kim Jong Un renewed his commitment to full denuclearisation after the September summit between South Korea and North Korea was announced, AFP reported.

South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong informed reporters that the two leaders would meet in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang to discuss “practical measures to denuclearise” the peninsula on September 18-20.

Reacting to Kim’s words, U.S President Donald Trump tweeted:

“Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims “unwavering faith in President Trump.” Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!”

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