Seoul affirms goal remains N. Korea’s complete denuke

South Korea on Thursday dismissed the possibility of any discord with the US over how to rid North Korea of its nuclear program, saying their common goal of complete denuclearization is unchanged, Yonhap News Agency reported.

“Our government’s stance remains unchanged from what is contained in the Panmunjom Declaration and the Singapore Declaration that confirmed the goals contained in the Panmunjom Declaration,” a Presidential Office spokesman was quoted as saying in Seoul.

His remarks followed recent reports that the US may have shifted its strategy to a gradual or step-by-step denuclearization of North Korea amid an apparent delay in the start of denuclearization measures by the North.

Earlier reports even suggested Pyongyang instead has expanded the facilities it uses to produce nuclear weapons.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in his historic summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the border town of Panmunjom on April 27.

He reaffirmed his commitment to complete denuclearization in a meeting with US President Donald Trump held in Singapore on June 12. The spokesman refused to verify whether the US stance has in fact changed, only saying Seoul is working to faithfully implement the joint declaration of the leaders of the two Koreas.

The Panmunjom Declaration only states the goal of completely denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula without elaborating on how.

Source: Kuwait News Agency