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South Korea Urges North to Implement Agreements, Resume Dialogue

SEOUL – South Korea on Thursday urged North Korea to fulfill the agreements reached during the inter-Korean summit and to resume talks a day after Pyongyang canceled a high-level meeting with Seoul and said it was reconsidering its participation in the upcoming summit with the United States.

The message was issued by the standing committee of South Korea’s National Security Council after its weekly meeting, which was held after North Korea canceled Wednesday’s talks for implementing the declaration signed on April 27 between its leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

“While reaffirming their stance that the Panmunjom Declaration reached at the April 27 South-North Korea summit must be carried out without any disruption, the members agreed to continue consulting with the North side to hold the high-level talks at an early date,” the committee said in a statement.

In the declaration, the two Koreas had agreed to work for establishing peace and denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

The council, headed by top security advisor Chung Eui-yong, also backed the summit between Kim and the US President Donald Trump, set to be held on June 12 in Singapore, although Pyongyang’s statements on Wednesday have raised doubts about its future.

The NSC said it would boost cooperation between Seoul, Washington and Pyongyang to make the summit a success “under the spirit of mutual respect.”

North Korea had announced that it was reconsidering its participation in the summit, alleging that the US wanted to pressurize it to accept a complete unilateral nuclear disarmament, a condition which it termed unacceptable.

 

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