06:55 GMT +319 August 2019
Listen Live
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, April 27, 2018

    North Korean Leader Promised Not to Use Force, Close Nuclear Test Site - Seoul

    © REUTERS / Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    493

    TOKYO (Sputnik) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the inter-Korean summit pledged to avoid using force in the future and urged for preventing bloodshed of the Korean nation, a spokesperson for the South Korean presidential office said. Kim Jong-Un also said that he was determined to close up the Punggye-ri nuclear test site next month.

    "We will not repeat the sad history of the Korean War. One cannot allow the bloodshed of the Korean nation to take place again… I confirm that I will not use force," the spokesperson said quoting Kim.

    According to the South Korean presidential office, the North Korean leader pledged to invite international experts to monitor the closure of the nuclear test site.

    READ MORE: Kim Jong-un Ceases Nuke and Missile Tests, Trump Welcomes the Move

    The spokesman quoted Kim Jong-Un saying nuclear weapons would make no sense if the agreement to end the war with the United States was reached.

    "If our meetings with the United States will be frequent, and trust will be built and an agreement on integrity and ending the war reached, why should we possess nuclear weapons and live in difficult conditions?" the spokesperson said quoting Kim.

    Kim Jong Un also said at the inter-Korean summit that he was determined to close up the Punggye-ri nuclear test site next month.

    "North Korea will shut down its nuclear site in May. In order to ensure transparency for the international community we intend to invite experts and reporters to North Korea," the spokesperson said.

    The closure of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site could take place before an upcoming meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, the Japanese Kyodo news agency reported citing a source in the South Korean presidential administration.

    Besides that, the leaders of the two Koreas also agreed on adopting the same time zone, the spokesperson said.

    On Friday, Kim and South Korean president Moon Jae-in held a historic summit in the truce village of Panmunjom. The two leaders signed a joint declaration, agreeing to take measures to support international efforts aimed at denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and proceed with reunion programs for the separated Korean families.

    Related:

    US, S Korea Defense Chiefs Reaffirm Diplomatic Solution of DPRK Denuclearization
    Korea Summit Shows Seoul's Commitment to Master Peninsula's Destiny – Academic
    US Intel Sources Reportedly Claim N Korea Can Re-activate Damaged Nuke Test Site
    North Korea Media Break Silence on Kim-Moon Summit
    Tags:
    denuclearization, nuclear tests, military forces, Kim Jong-un, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK)
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik