Thursday, September 20, 2018

Joint Statements on September Pyongyang Joint Declaration
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, together with south Korean President Moon Jae In, made joint statements on the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration on September 19.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made the statement first.

He said that he signed the historic declaration together with President Moon Jae In with a rich harvest in the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.

He referred the serious discussion made on the issues of further accelerating the progress of north-south relations so as to give steady continuity to a new era of national reconciliation and peace and prosperity.

He noted that they discussed the practical measures to comprehensively develop the inter-Korean ties on the principle of national independence, signed a military agreement and committed themselves to striving to make the Korean peninsula a land of peace free from nuclear weapons and threat.

He said that they also discussed the detailed ways to reenergize visits, contacts, many-sided dialogue and cooperation and diverse exchanges between people of all social standings so as to make the current toward national reconciliation and reunification flow steadily in the 3 000-ri land of the north and south of Korea.

The declaration reflects the mind of the nation full of new hope, the spirit of the fellow countrymen burning their hearts with the strong will to reunify the country and the dream of all of us which will come true before long, he said.

Saying he promised President Moon Jae In that he would visit Seoul, he expressed his determination to always take the lead in the sacred journey toward peace and prosperity hand in hand with him.

President Moon Jae In made the statement next.

He said that the south and the north agreed on clearing the Korean peninsula of all dangers that may lead to a war and on operating the "south-north joint military committee" so as to constantly discuss of issues concerning the implementation of the agreed points.

He noted that both sides committed themselves to closely discussing and cooperating with the international community for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

A huge historic events have been taking place in and around the Korean peninsula since the announcement of the historic Panmunjom Declaration, he said, emphasizing that both sides agreed to further expand exchanges and cooperation and take practical steps for the balanced development of the nation's economy.

Noting that Chairman Kim Jong Un readily accepted his request for a Seoul visit, he expressed his conviction that his Seoul visit would mark a turning point in inter-Korean ties.

Today, Chairman Kim Jong Un clearly indicated the way for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and complied with the desire of all the fellow countrymen and the world to be free from nuclear weapons, nuclear threat and war, he said, stressing that he pays deep respects for Kim Jong Un's definite decision and practice.

Affirming that inter-Korean relations will make steady progress, he expressed his joy over the fact that the seeds of peace and prosperity were sown on the Korean peninsula last spring and the fruits of peace and prosperity are being borne in Pyongyang this autumn.

Compiled from KCNA

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