North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow global inspectors to enter his country and see proof of the destruction of a major nuclear testing and launch site, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the Washington Post reported.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a joint news conference after the signing ceremony, and after the two Korea's defence chiefs adopted a separate military pact. "It is a very meaningful achievement", Moon said.
After the high symbolism of the two Korean leaders' first meeting in April in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, and Kim's historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June, pressure is mounting for more substantive progress.
"The North expressed its willingness to continue taking additional steps, such as permanent shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, should the United States take corresponding measures under the spirit of the June 12 North Korea-US joint statement", the joint statement said.
② The two sides agreed to engage in constant communication and close consultations to review the implementation of the Agreement and prevent accidental military clashes by promptly activating the Inter-Korean Joint Military Committee. "There's no sign North Korea will fundamentally change its position or give anything up, it was mostly just broad and vague statements".
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a skeptic of North Korea's recent outreach to the worldwide community, said he was "concerned" over Moon's visit to Pyongyang.
He added, "Washington was looking for Moon to deliver on real, tangible, and unambiguous North Korean commitment to abandoning its nuclear and missile arsenal". Additionally, Kim said he "promised" to visit the South Korean capital, Seoul, "in the near future".
On Tuesday, the first day of the summit, he greeted Moon and his wife at Pyongyang's airport and then rode into town with Moon in an open limousine through streets lined with crowds of North Koreans, who cheered and waved the flag of their country and a blue-and-white flag that symbolizes Korean unity.
The Korean leaders' surprisingly substantive summit announcement is a huge step toward a durable peace on the Korean Peninsula - and a Nobel Peace Prize for Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in. "The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can't anticipate".
The talks were supposed to enhance cooperation between the two Koreas, as well as pave the way for a second summit between Kim and Trump later this year.
As Pyongyang has observed, Mr Trump himself has been positive about the diplomatic process with North Korea, but his deputies, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, and National Security Adviser John Bolton, have voiced reservations about North Korea's progress on denuclearisation and calls by both Koreas for the United States to sign on to a declaration to end the Korean War.
President Moon will wrap up his final full day in Pyongyang watching North Korea's spectacular "Mass Games" outdoor propaganda show. Kim and Moon met to discuss ways to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
Moon arrived in North Korea on Tuesday morning for the third face-to-face meeting with his counterpart. The nations also agreed that each would close eleven border guard posts by the end of 2018.
Members of Trump's own administration are known to be more wary about North Korea's intentions.
It was not the first time Kim had talked frankly about the North's decrepit economy and infrastructure.