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North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Agrees To Denuclearisation In Front Of International Inspectors

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| September 19 , 2018 , 15:28 IST

On the second day of talks between North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-In in Pyongyang on Wednesday, Kim committed to permanently dismantle the main nuclear complex of North Korea if the US takes corresponding measures.

Kim also agreed to the presence of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and to not conduct any rocket or nuclear testing in the meantime.

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“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Kim said on Wednesday, as the leaders of the Koreas issued a joint statement to media from both the nations.

“The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate. But we aren’t afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation,” Kim said.

At the conclusion of the third summit between Kim and Moon on Wednesday, the leaders also expressed that they would bid to jointly host the Summer Olympics in 2032 and that Kim would visit South Korea in the near future.

While the first two summits between Kim and Moon took place close to their shared border, the third summit marked the first one to take place in the interior of the nation.

Despite North Korea agreeing to complete denuclearisation and to the presence of international experts, the country has still fallen short of certain demands put forth by the US, such as providing a list of North's nuclear facilities or giving a step-by-step timeline.

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In July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after a 2-day visit to North Korea's capital Pyongyang had stated that the sanctions placed on North Korea would be lifted only after the "final" denuclearisation of the nation.

Meanwhile, another face-to-face meeting between US President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is also said to be in the planning at the request of Kim, the White House had said on September 10. Trump and Kim had met for the first time in Singapore in June, to discuss the denuclearisation of North Korea and corresponding lifting of US sanctions from North Korea.