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Kim honest about abandoning nuclear weapons: South Korean president

17 October 2018

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, right, and his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon arrive to hold their meeting at the southern side of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.

Lim Eul-chul, an expert on the North Korean economy at South Korea's Kyungnam University, said the tight timeline for the groundbreaking ceremony reflects Pyongyang's determination to make rapid progress on talks over denuclearization.

Passed on the eve of a bilateral summit South Korean President moon Jae-In and the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-UN in Pyongyang.

Moon, on a state visit to France, said he considers France, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, as a key partner in efforts toward peace with North Korea.

The United States has repeatedly insisted that sanctions will only be lifted after North Korea completely and verifiably dismantles its nuclear program.

Speaking to the French daily ahead of a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, Moon explained why he believes North Korea's Kim Jong Un will deliver on the pledges made at his historic summit with the US leader in June.

The accord includes the reinstatement of a joint military commission, the halting of military exercises, a no-fly zone near their border and the gradual removal of landmines and guard posts within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

They will also separately discuss a planned joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics and a show by North Korean performers in Seoul, the statement said.

The UNC has jurisdiction over the JSA, where South and North Korean forces stand face to face.

He went onto describe the "final goal" of denuclearization as the "scrapping of all of North Korea's nuclear facilities, along with its existing nuclear weapons and materials".

The two leaders agreed to hold talks with the UNC, which overlaps with US forces in the South and oversees affairs in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, to smooth the way to disarming one of the world's most heavily fortified frontiers. Kang was not specific, but her comments fueled speculation that Washington wasn't fully on board before Seoul signed the agreements.

"I believe the global community needs to provide assurances that North Korea has made the right choice to denuclearize and encourage North Korea to speed up the process", Moon remarked at the joint press conference.

Unification Minister Cho said his call to exclude North Korea-born Kim Myeong-sung from a pool of reporters covering the meeting was an "inevitable policy decision" to improve the chance for successful talks.

This was reported in the Ministry of defense of South Korea, reports RBC-Ukraine with reference to the Agency Yonhap.

Sanctions relief is quickly turning into a hot-button issue and North Korea has in recent weeks made its demands explicit. The South Korean press corps covering the ministry issued a statement denouncing it for a "grave infringement of media freedoms".

Kim honest about abandoning nuclear weapons: South Korean president