Moon Jae In: North Korea Agrees to Shut Missile Site

Pyogyang, MINA – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country’s main missile testing and launch sites, said the South’s President Moon Jae-in.

After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders “agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation,” said Moon, Wednesday (19/9), BBC News reported.

The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a “leap forward” towards military peace on the peninsula.Kim also said he hoped to “visit Seoul in the near future” – he would be the first North Korean leader to do so.

The main focus of the summit was the issue of denuclearisation. While the US and North Korea agreed in broad terms earlier this year to work towards that goal, negotiations have stalled.

Pyongyang has now sought to reconfirm its commitment.

Moon said that Kim had “agreed to permanently close the Tongchang-ri missile engine test site and missile launch facility” and, crucially, that this would be done “in the presence of experts from relevant nations”.

The two countries also made advances on inter-Korean ties, announcing plans to link up their railways, allow more reunions for families separated by war and co-operate on health care.

Moon invited the North Korean leader to Seoul, suggesting the visit should take place before the end of this year. They will also seek to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics.(R/R04/RS5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)