South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the time is approaching for the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue, stressing the importance of their historic summit agreement three years ago.
“The time is approaching again to end the long deliberations and resume the dialogue,” Moon said at a weekly meeting of his cabinet today, Tuesday.
President Moon’s comments came on the third anniversary of the signing of the Panmunjom Declaration with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The declaration calls for joint efforts to achieve common prosperity, lasting peace, and reunification of the two Koreas.
Moon stressed: “The Panmunjom Declaration is a milestone for peace that no one can undermine. The peace process promised in the declaration cannot be reversed under any circumstances.”
He referred to the external conditions and realistic constraints to make further progress in addition to signing the Declaration.
However, he added, the security situation on the Korean Peninsula is being managed more steadily than at any other time. “Peace at the moment is incomplete. We need to move towards permanent and irreversible peace on the basis of the Panmunjom Declaration,” he added.
He expressed hope that his face-to-face talks with U.S. President Joe Biden, scheduled in Washington in late May, will be an opportunity to strengthen the alliance, closely coordinate North Korean policy, and set the right direction.
He stressed that his government plans to find a way to advance the Korean peace process based on close cooperation with the Biden administration, expressing his hope to “open the door for the restoration of dialogue and cooperation between the two Koreas and between the North. Korea and the United States. “