In a historic meeting between South Korea’s Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, the two countries gained considerable ground in an effort to bring peace to their peninsula.
The North agreed to move its clock forward half an hour to return to the same time zone as Seoul and Tokyo. But that wasn’t the only startling announcement to come out of the diplomatic talks.
South Korea announced Sunday that the North Korean government agreed to dismantle its main nuclear test site next month. The Hermit Kingdom also said it is prepared to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to The Washington Post.
In a more comprehensive gesture, the North announced that it would work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Kim pledged to dismantle its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, which is located in the north of the country. It has agreed to bring in international experts to witness the deconstruction.
“Some say that we are terminating facilities that are not functioning, but you will see that we have two more tunnels that are bigger than the existing ones and that they are in good condition,” Chief Press Secretary Yoon Young-chan for Moon said.
Kim also said that it would bring in security experts and journalists to the North to witness the closure of one of its nuclear test sites. The West may be a little leery of this gesture, considering in 2008 when Kim offered a similar gesture, but while one site was being closed, another secretive site was being built to enrich uranium, so he could build more bombs.
However, Kim said he has made no plans to use nuclear weapons against his neighbors.
“Although I am inherently resistant toward America, people will see that I am not the kind of person who fires nukes at South Korea, the Pacific or America,” Kim said during the summit, which Yoon reported on in Seoul Sunday.
“Why would we keep nuclear weapons and live in a difficult condition if we often meet with Americans to build trust and they promise us to end the war and not to invade us?” Yoon quoted Kim as saying.
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