SEOUL, South Korea’s presidential office on Thursday emphasized the need to thoroughly prepare for another summit with North Korea, reaffirming its resolve to faithfully implement existing summit deals.
“What’s more important than any other thing for now is to prepare for the fourth South-North summit without a snag,” Noh Young-min, the chief of staff to President Moon Jae-in, said, as he presided over an inter-agency meeting of the Panmunjom declaration implementation committee at Cheong Wa Dae.
The meeting was held a couple of days ahead of the first anniversary of the first talks between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, held at the inter-Korean border village.
Since the Panmunjom summit, Noh said, a “miraculous” change has occurred from sharp military tensions to dialogue and cooperation on the peninsula. He cited North Korea’s commitment to complete denuclearization and the operation of a joint liaison office between the two Koreas.
Among other accomplishments is a set of military measures to build mutual trust, such as the disarming of the Joint Security Area and the pullout of some frontline guard posts.
But the two sides have been slow in taking additional steps amid a lack of progress in denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington.
Their latest summit in Hanoi in late February ended without an accord.
The South Korean president hopes to meet Kim again as early as possible and persuade him to resume nuclear talks.
Source: Yonhap news Agency