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Joint Declaration of September 2018
Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea and Kim Jong Un,
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea held the Inter-Korean Summit Meeting in
Pyeongyang on September 18-20, 2018.
two leaders assessed the excellent progress made since the
adoption of the historic Panmunjeom Declaration, such as the close
dialogue and communication between the authorities of the two
sides, civilian exchanges and cooperation in many areas, and
epochal measures to defuse military tension.
two leaders reaffirmed the principle of independence and
self-determination of the Korean nation, and agreed to
consistently and continuously develop inter-Korean relations for
national reconciliation and cooperation, and firm peace and
co-prosperity, and to make efforts to realize through policy
measures the aspiration and hope of all Koreans that the current
developments in inter-Korean relations will lead to reunification.
two leaders held frank and in-depth discussions on various issues
and practical steps to advance inter-Korean relations to a new and
higher dimension by thoroughly implementing the Panmunjeom
Declaration, shared the view that the Pyeongyang Summit will be an
important historic milestone, and declared as follows.
The two sides agreed to expand the cessation of military hostility
in regions of confrontation such as the DMZ into the substantial
removal of the danger of war across the entire Korean Peninsula
and a fundamental resolution of the hostile relations.
The two sides agreed to adopt the “Agreement on the Implementation
of the Historic Panmunjeom Declaration in the Military Domain” as
an annex to the Pyeongyang Declaration, and to thoroughly abide by
and faithfully implement it, and to actively take practical
measures to transform the Korean Peninsula into a land of
The two sides agreed to engage in constant communication and close
consultations to review the implementation of the Agreement and
prevent accidental military clashes by promptly activating the
Inter-Korean Joint Military Committee.
The two sides agreed to pursue substantial measures to further
advance exchanges and cooperation based on the spirit of mutual
benefit and shared prosperity, and to develop the nation’s economy
in a balanced manner.
The two sides agreed to hold a ground-breaking ceremony within
this year for the east-coast and west-coast rail and road connections.
The two sides agreed, as conditions ripe, to first normalize the
Gaeseong industrial complex and the Mt. Geumgang Tourism Project,
and to discuss the issue of forming a west coast joint special
economic zone and an east coast joint special tourism zone.
The two sides agreed to actively promote south-north environment
cooperation so as to protect and restore the natural ecology, and
as a first step to endeavor to achieve substantial results in the
currently on-going forestry cooperation.
The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of
prevention of epidemics, public health and medical care, including
emergency measures to prevent the entry and spread of contagious diseases.
The two sides agreed to strengthen humanitarian cooperation to
fundamentally resolve the issue of separated families.
The two sides agreed to open a permanent facility for family
reunion meetings in the Mt. Geumgang area at an early date, and to
promptly restore the facility toward this end.
The two sides agreed to resolve the issue of video meetings and
exchange of video messages among the separated families as a
matter of priority through the inter-Korean Red Cross talks.
The two sides agreed to actively promote exchanges and cooperation
in various fields so as to enhance the atmosphere of
reconciliation and unity and to demonstrate the spirit of the
Korean nation both internally and externally.
The two sides agreed to further promote cultural and artistic
exchanges, and to first conduct a performance of the Pyeongyang
Art Troupe in Seoul in October this year.
The two sides agreed to actively participate together in the 2020
Summer Olympic Games and other international games, and to
cooperate in bidding for the joint hosting of the 2032 Summer
The two sides agreed to hold meaningful events to celebrate the
11th anniversary of the October 4 Declaration, to jointly
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the March First Independence
Movement Day, and to hold working-level consultations toward this end.
The two sides shared the view that the Korean Peninsula must be
turned into a land of peace free from nuclear weapons and nuclear
threats, and that substantial progress toward this end must be
made in a prompt manner.
First, the North will permanently dismantle the Dongchang-ri
missile engine test site and launch platform under the observation
of experts from relevant countries.
The North expressed its willingness to continue to take additional
measures, such as the permanent dismantlement of the nuclear
facilities in Yeongbyeon, as the United States takes corresponding
measures in accordance with the spirit of the June 12 US-DPRK
The two sides agreed to cooperate closely in the process of
pursuing complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Chairman Kim Jong Un agreed to visit Seoul at an early date at the
invitation of President Moon Jae-in.