Two Korean leaders meet; agree on declaration on ending ‘war’

two leaders gave enough smiles and handshakes to the media at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade

It is one of the major international happenings as the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embraced after pledging on Friday to work for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The two leaders gave enough smiles and handshakes to the media at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade.

The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean war.

They also sought an agreement to establish long lasting peace in the peninsula.

The declaration included promises to pursue phased military arms reduction, cease hostile acts, transform their fortified border into a peace zone, and seek multilateral talks with other countries including the United States.

Earlier, Kim became the first North Korean leader since the 1950-53 Korean War to set foot in South Korea after shaking hands with his counterpart over a concrete curb marking the border in the heavily fortified demilitarised zone between the countries.

Scenes of Moon and Kim joking and walking together marked a striking contrast to last year’s barrage of North Korean missile tests and its largest ever nuclear test that led to sweeping international sanctions and fears of a fresh conflict on the Korean peninsula.

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