Denu­cle­ari­sa­tion of North Korea is key of in­ter-Korean sum­mit: South Korean am­bas­sador

Sum­mit kicks off Fri­day

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Hagar Om­ran

Yeocheol Yoon, South Korean am­bas­sador to Egypt said that the Fri­day’s in­ter-Korean sum­mit will fo­cus on three main key goals, which are the denu­cle­ari­sa­tion of North Korea as the main goal, es­tab­lish­ing a new peace regime, and im­prov­ing the in­ter-Korean re­la­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet with the South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in,in the first in­ter-Korean sum­mit in 11 years.

“Last year, we wit­nessed ma­jor ten­sions, and ev­ery­body was very wor­ried, and scared of North Korea’s nu­clear de­vel­op­ments, which was threat­en­ing not only for South Korea, the other neigh­bours but also to the US across the Pa­cific,” Yoon told Daily News Egypt.

Yoon added that North Korea was post­ing a range of the in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was very harsh, say­ing “we saw many fiery re­marks in 2017.We hope that to­mor­row’s sum­mit will help cre­ate a favourable at­mos­phere for the next USA-North Korea sum­mit, which will take place in mid June.”

“If we can have a strong com­mit­ment from North Korea to­wards denu­cle­ari­sa­tion, that would be a very nice in­put into the US- North Korea sum­mit, be­cause it is the main fo­cus of the Amer­i­can govern­ment. We are op­ti­mistic,” said am­bas­sador.

The am­bas­sador said that peo­ple were wor­ried about a pos­si­ble war hap­pen­ing be­tween the US and North Korea not only with South Korea be­cause the nu­clear de­vel­op­ment puts the world in dan­ger.

He said that both North Korea and South Korea are at war, as they only have an armistice agree­ment in 1953 at the end of the Korean war;adding“not many peo­ple know that we are just go­ing to stop fight­ing not putting peace be­tween each other.”

“We hope we can cre­ate a new peace regime that can re­place the armistice regime and put much more con­fi­dence in each other so that the mil­i­tary ten­sions would go away,” said the am­bas­sador.

Yoon noted that his coun­try aims to im­prove the in­ter-Korean re­la­tions through ex­chang­ing ideas and in­vest­ing in North Korea to re­vive the econ­omy, adding “we have been sep­a­rated only 70 years ago, but we were one na­tion for thou­sands of years.”

South Korean am­bas­sador to Egypt, Yeocheol Yoon

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