SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in prepared Tuesday to ratify last month's summit agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as conservative opposition parties cried foul, accusing him of failing to seek parliamentary consent.

The government decided to ratify the Pyongyang Joint Declaration on its own as the Ministry of Government Legislation concluded that parliamentary consent is not necessary because an earlier, overarching agreement, the Panmunjom Declaration reached at April's first summit between Moon and Kim, is going through a parliamentary ratification process.

The ministry's point was that last month's Pyongyang Declaration is designed to carry out April's Panmunjom Declaration, and parliamentary ratification of the broader agreement would cover all subsidiary agreements.

Source: Yonhap News Agency