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(3rd LD) Moon, Kim agree to halt all hostile acts

All Headlines 21:02 April 27, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with translated version of joint statement)

PANMUNJOM/SEOUL, South Korea, April 27 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) -- The leaders of South and North Korea agreed Friday to "completely cease all hostile acts against each other in every domain" as part of efforts to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War and introduce a peace treaty.

President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, vowed to push for trilateral talks involving the United States or a four-way dialogue also including China to declare an end to the fighting and replace the Armistice Agreement with a peace pact this year, according to a joint statement named the Panmunjom Declaration. It was issued after their Panmunjom talks.

They also agreed to turn the heavily-fortified the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into a "peace zone in a genuine sense."

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announce the results of their talks at Panmunjom on April 27, 2018, in this pool photo. (Yonhap)

"South and North Korea will actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula," they said. "Bringing an end to the current unnatural state of armistice and establishing a robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula is a historical mission that must not be delayed any further."

They reaffirmed a commitment to strictly abide by the existing mutual nonaggression pact.

It was in line with a stipulation in the 1992 inter-Korean accord that reads, "The two sides shall not use force against each other and shall not undertake armed aggression against each other."

In addition, Moon and Kim agreed to turn the waters around the tense Yellow Sea border into a "maritime peace zone" in order to prevent accidental armed clashes.

Under the summit deal, the two sides will hold "frequent" military talks, including between their defense ministers.

They plan to have general-level military talks in May.

The military authorities of the two Koreas had their last talks in October 2014 at the truce village amid sharp tensions.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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