SEJONG, KOREA: The question of whether North Korea is sincere with its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is yet to be seen at its meeting with South Korea at the third inter-Korean summit in late April.
Mayor, Sejong Metropolitan Autonomous City, Dr. Lee Choon-hee said, the sincerity of North Korea in the denuclearization programme is very much depending on its cooperation with South Korea.
“We can only say that the North Korean regime is sincere if it agrees to commence the denuclearization programme,” he said to the media on a question whether North Korea is sincere with its commitment to implement the denuclearization programme.
Lee Choon-hee said that after a briefing session on the development of Sejong City with 70 international journalists from 46 countries at his office here on Wednesday.
The international journalists were on a study tour of Korea in conjunction with the World Journalists Conference 2018 held in Seoul last Monday.
On the issue of unification between the two countries, Lee Choon-hee said: “We should know that the North and South Korea is divided for a long time by International political powers.
“Of course it is important for South Korea to make a lot of effort with the international political powers like United States of America and Russia relating the issue or unification,” he said.
Meanwhile recently, the National Security Office Chief Chung Eui-yong said that the South and the North have agreed to hold a third inter-Korean summit at the Peace House at the Panmunjom truce village in late April.
The Ministry of Unification, in a statement, said Chung who led a special delegation from the South to the North announced the results of his mission in the evening of March 6 at the Chunchugwan Press Center at Cheong Wa Dae after returning from his two-day journey to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“The North clearly expressed its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and said it would have no reason to possess nuclear weapons should the safety of its regime be guaranteed and if military threats against the North were removed, said the senior presidential security adviser.
Chung also said: “The North expressed its will to have a candid dialogue with the U.S. for discussing the issue of denuclearization and the normalization of Pyongyang-Washington ties.”
“The North clearly stated that it would not resume any strategic, provocative acts, such as additional nuclear tests or the firing of ballistic missiles. As the talks continue, they also vowed neither to use any nuclear weapons nor any conventional weapon toward the South,” he added.
After reporting the results of the delegation’s trip to President Moon Jae-in upon returning to Seoul, Chung said that the two sides would work together on more detailed working-level negotiations.
The statement also said the two sides agreed to set up a hotline between the two leaders to ease military tensions and to further enhance close consultations.
Chung also said that both sides agreed to have their first telephone conversation before the third inter-Korean summit.
The meeting between the North Korean leader and high-ranking officials and the South’s special delegation took place in the main building of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang on March 5.
Meeting participants included Kim Yo-jong, deputy director for the Workers’ Party’s Department of Propaganda and Agitation, who also attended the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, and Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the North Korean Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, who attended the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Chung added that the North invited a South Korean troupe of taekwondo performers and a group of musicians and dancers to Pyongyang in order to maintain the recent mood of reconciliation and cooperation between the two Koreas, backed by the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. –Malaysia World News