Statement on the Outcome of the Special Delegation’s Visit to North Korea
President Moon Jae-in’s special delegation returned to Seoul late
During its visit to the North, the five-person
delegation had extensive discussions with the North on development in
inter-Korean relations, denuclearization, and establishment of peace
on the Korean Peninsula.
The delegation arrived in Pyeongyang in the morning, met with Kim
Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Committee, and delivered to him
the personal letter from the South Korean President. The two sides
engaged in extensive and in-depth discussions on issues regarding
inter-Korean ties including the upcoming inter-Korean summit.
The delegation also met with Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the
Party Central Committee, and other senior officials and discussed
specific ways to realize the commitments of the South and North Korean leaders.
Firstly, the South and the North agreed to hold the inter-Korean
summit in Pyeongyang from September 18 to 20, and senior working-level
discussions early next week at the peace village of Panmunjeom to
discuss protocol, security, communications, and media coverage as part
of the preparations for the summit.
Both sides agreed to check the progress in the implementation of the
Panmunjeom Declaration and future implementation plans and to discuss
practical ways to establish permanent peace and achieve common
prosperity, especially denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, at
the upcoming summit.
Secondly, Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm determination to
complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and expressed his
willingness to closely cooperate with the US as well as the South to
Thirdly, South and North Korea agreed to continue to make progress
in ongoing dialogue to ease military tensions and to come to an
agreement on specific plans to build mutual trust and prevent an armed
conflict at the upcoming summit meeting.
Fourthly, the South and the North agreed to open an inter-Korean
liaison office where permanent staff members will be posted from both
sides before holding the summit and to continue to cooperate as necessary.
The government will expound on the outcome of the special
delegation’s visit to the North to appropriate countries including the
US and work closely together with them.
The two Koreas will make steady efforts with patience and make more
substantial progress in development in inter-Korean relations,
denuclearization, and establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Once again, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the
people for watching the progress in the special delegation’s visit to
the North and cheering for the delegation.