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South Korea's president says North Korea agrees to dismantle missile sites

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Bennie Garza | 19 September, 2018, 09:41

The leaders of the two Koreas, who held summit talks in Pyongyang, said they agreed to turn the Korean peninsula into a "land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats".

Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his North Korean counterpart No Kwang-chol inked the agreement in Pyongyang, which is part of efforts to enforce the two Koreas' April summit agreement to halt "all hostile acts" against each other and "practically eliminate the danger of war".

In the joint press conference, Kim said, "we have agreed on Pyongyang Peace Agreement".

Mr Moon said the North has agreed to permanently dismantle a missile engine test site and a launch pad in the presence of global experts, in what he described as a specific step toward denuclearisation.

Trump also said the remains of American war heroes will continue to be returned to the USA, before ending his tweet by calling the news "very exciting!"

North Korea is seeking relief from crippling global sanctions.

"The North expressed its willingness to continue taking additional steps, such as the permanent shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, should the United States take corresponding measures under the spirit of the June 12 North Korea-US joint statement", it said, referring to the agreement reached by US. "But we aren't afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation".

Mr. Kim pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" during his first encounter with Mr. Moon, and at his summit with Mr. Trump in June.

Washington is pressing for the North's "final, fully verified denuclearization", while Pyongyang wants a formal declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is over and has condemned "gangster-like" demands for it to give up its weapons unilaterally.

After a closed-door summit, the South's delegation, including top business executives and musicians, joined Kim and North Korean officials at Pyongyang Grand Theatre for an orchestral performance by the North's Samjiyon orchestra.

The premiere of the latest version of the show, called "The Glorious Country", earlier this month featured video footage of Moon and Kim together at their first summit in Panmunjom - prompting the unusual sight of tens of thousands of North Koreans applauding images of the South's president.

Mr Moon has been in Pyongyang for the summit.

The two countries will cooperate in major sporting events including the 2020 Olympics Games as well, a joint statement between the countries said.

Moon is expected to attend a mass games spectacle later in the day, which an estimated 150,000 spectators plan to attend.

North Korea has embarked on an unprecedented series of meetings this year with both the South and the US.

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