Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, together with President Moon Jae In, made joint statements on the “September Pyongyang Joint Declaration” on Wednesday.
Supreme Leader of the Party, state and army Kim Jong Un mentioned first.
Kim Jong Un said that he signed the historic declaration together with President Moon Jae In with a rich harvest in the implementation of the Panmunjom declaration.
Kim Jong Un noted that the issues of further accelerating the progress of the north-south relations so as to give steady continuity to a new era of national reconciliation and peace and prosperity were discussed in depth.
He said that they discussed the practical measures to comprehensively develop the inter-Korean ties based on the principle of national independence, signed an agreement in the field of military and agreed to strive to make the Korean peninsula a peaceful land without nuclear weapons and free from nuclear threats.
He said that they also discussed the detailed ways of invigorating visits, contacts, multi-sided dialogue, cooperation and diverse exchanges between people of all social standings so as to make the strong trend of national reconciliation and reunification prevail in the 3 000-ri land of the north and the south of Korea.
The declaration reflects the mind of the nation full of new hope, the strong will of the fellow countrymen for reunification and the dream of all of us which will come true before long, he added.
He said that he promised President Moon Jae In he would visit Seoul, expressing the will to always take the lead hand in hand in the sacred journey toward peace and prosperity.
President Moon Jae In made a statement next.
He said that the south and the north agreed on clearing the Korean peninsula of all dangers that may lead to a war and on operating the “south-north joint military committee” for the constant discussion of issues concerning the implementation of the agreed points.
He noted that the south and the north committed themselves to closely discussing and cooperating with the international community for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
A huge historic change is taking place on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity after the publication of the historic Panmunjom declaration, he said, recalling that the south and the north agreed to further expand exchanges and cooperation and take practical steps for the balanced development of the nation’s economy.
Noting that Chairman Kim Jong Un gladly accepted his Seoul visit request, he expressed his conviction that Chairman Kim Jong Un‘s Seoul visit would mark an occasion of providing an epochal turning point in the south-north relations.
Chairman Kim Jong Un clearly indicated the way for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula today and it complied with the desire of all the fellow countrymen and the world to be free from nuclear weapons, nuclear threat and war, he said, emphasizing that he expressed deep respects for Kim Jong Un‘s definite decision and practice.
He said with pleasure that the seeds of peace and prosperity were sown on the Korean peninsula in spring last and the fruits of peace and prosperity were in bearing in Pyongyang this fall, confirming that the south-north relations will continue to make a steady progress.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, signed the “September Pyongyang Joint Declaration” with President Moon Jae In on Wednesday.
Present at the signing ceremony from the north side were Kim Yong Chol and Ri Su Yong, vice-chairmen of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Army General No Kwang Chol, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the WPK, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country.
Present from the south side were Jong Ui Yong, chief of the State Security Office of Chongwadae, Jo Myong Gyun, minister of Unification, Kang Kyong Hwa, minister of Foreign Affairs, Song Yong Mu, minister of Defense, To Jong Hwan, minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Kim Hyon Mi, minister of Land and Transport, Kim Yong Chun, minister of Oceans and Fisheries, and Kim Hyon Chol, adviser to the president for economic affairs.
When Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In signed the historic declaration, the participants raised loud applauses.
The top leaders of the north and the south exchanged the copies of the declaration and had a significant photo taken in celebration of the birth of the “September Pyongyang Joint Declaration”.
The “September Pyongyang Joint Declaration” serves as an important milestone in further accelerating the development of the north-south relations and in ushering in a new golden age of reconciliation and unity and peace and prosperity of the nation by faithfully implementing the April 27 Panmunjom declaration in full measure, as unanimously desired and demanded by all the fellow countrymen.
Then a north-south military agreement for implementing the historic Panmunjom declaration was signed.
Army General No Kwang Chol, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, from the north side and Song Yong Mu, minister of Defense, from the south side signed the agreement.