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North, South Korea commit to denuclearization in historic summit

The leaders of North and South Korea agreed today to pursue a permanent peace and the complete denuclearisation of the divided peninsula, as they embraced after a historic summit laden with symbolism.

In a day of bonhomie including a highly symbolic handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that divides the two countries, the two leaders issued a declaration on the common goal of realising a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.

The two leaders also agreed to end hostile activities between the two nations, change the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that divides the country into a “peace zone” by ceasing propaganda broadcasts.

The two sides also agreed on arms reduction in the region pending the easing of military tension, to push for three-way talks involving the US and China, organising a reunion of families left divided by the war, and connecting and modernising railways and roads across the border.

They also agreed to joint participation in sporting events, including this year’s Asian Games and to hold regular meetings and direct telephone conversations.

Source: AIR