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Statement on the Outcome of the Special Delegation’s Visit to North Korea

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Statement on the Outcome of the Special Delegation’s Visit to North Korea

President Moon Jae-in’s special delegation returned to Seoul late last night.
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 this end.

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.

Thank you.

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