Mattis, Korean counterpart discuss results of inter-Korea summit

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis spoke Saturday with Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo to discuss the results of the inter-Korea summit.

Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White said in a statement that “Minister Song reviewed the Panmunjeom Declaration, and the efforts to improve North-South relations while achieving the common goal of denuclearization.” She added that both Mattis and Song “expressed serious commitment” to a diplomatic resolution that achieves complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, as reflected in multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

For his part, Mattis reaffirmed “the ironclad” US commitment to defend the South Korea using the full spectrum of US capabilities.

Both sides pledged continued close coordination to implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions and to support diplomatic efforts to achieve complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization, she affirmed.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a historic summit yesterday at the truce village of Panmunjom, and agreed to work together to realize a “complete” denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“South and North Korea affirmed their shared objective of achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization,” said the declaration signed by the two leaders.

They shared the view that the recent steps that the North has taken are “very meaningful” and “important” for denuclearization efforts and agreed to do their respective part on that matter, the declaration said.

The two Koreas also agreed to induce support and cooperation from the international community for the sake of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The agreement on the nuclear issue comes as North Korea and the United States are expected to hold an unprecedented summit either in coming weeks. Denuclearization will likely top the agenda during the talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

The North has conducted six nuclear tests since 2006, the last and most powerful took place in September last year. In November, the North declared the completion of its nuclear armament.

Source: Kuwait News Agency