North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut down country’s one main missile testing and launch sites say South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in who is on a three-day visit to Pyongyang to attend a summit on the issue of denuclearization.
We have agreed on a way to achieve denuclearization,” said Mr. Moon.
Mr. Kim called this agreement a “leap forward” towards military peace on the peninsula.
Mr. Kim also affirmed to visit Seoul in the near future. He would become the first North Korean leader to visit South Korea if he does so.
The main focus of this summit was the issue of denuclearization. The US and North Korea, earlier this year agreed to work towards that goal. Pyongyang has now reconfirmed its commitment.
Mr. Moon said that Mr. Kim had “agreed to permanently close the Tongchang-ri missile engine test site and missile launch facility and that would be done in the presence of experts from relevant nations.
According to BBC allowing experts from several countries to see the dismantling of the Tongchang-ri site was a major step forward.
The satellite images showed that Tongchang-ri was in the process of being destroyed.
According to monitoring group 38 North, Tongchang-ri has been North Korea’s main satellite launch facility since 2012.
It has also been used for testing the engines of missiles capable of reaching the US.
The South Korean president also said that Mr. Kim had also agreed to shut down the Yongbyon nuclear facility but only if the US took some joint action.
The two countries also made developments on inter-Korean ties. They announced plans to link up their railways, to allow more separated families for a reunion and also assured co-operate on health care.
Mr. Moon also invited Mr. Kim to Seoul. He suggested him to pay a visit this year. Both leaders also seek to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
There was also an agreement signed between the South Korean defense minister and the head of the North Korean army to reduce military tensions, establishing a buffer zone along the border to prevent accidental clashes.
American President Donald Trump tweeted his praise for the Moon-Kim summit.
Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts. In the meantime, there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing. Hero remains to continue being……..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2018
The US and North Korea historic meeting in June this year also made headlines when Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim agreed in broad terms to work towards denuclearisation.