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(US-NK summit) Rival parties closely watching U.S.-N.K. summit

All News 11:43 June 12, 2018

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean parties are closely watching the historic summit between the United States and North Korea Tuesday to gauge the meeting's impact on peace-making on the Korean Peninsula and also on the upcoming local elections.

After a historic handshake, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are currently meeting in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang's denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees for the North.

The unprecedented summit is being held just one day before the local elections and parliamentary by-elections, making rival parties skittish about the event's impact on the polls.

The ruling Democratic Party (DP) and other smaller liberal parties expressed their optimism for the summit on hopes that it could set the tone for peace on the peninsula.

"We hope that both sides will reach an agreement that would be a step forward in the establishment of a peace regime," said Park Beom-kye, the DP's spokesman.

The Party for Democracy and Peace, a liberal opposition party, said that the Trump-Kim meeting takes on significance in the light of the process to bring permanent peace to the Korean Peninsula.

But the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and minor opposition Bareunmirae Party highlighted the need for an agreement on North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID).

"The LKP hopes that there will be an agreement on CVID. We will watch the outcome of the summit," said Chang Je-won, the LKP's spokesman.

The Bareunmirae Party said that Kim Jong-un should clarify detailed plans for North Korea's denuclearization, including a deadline for dismantling its nuclear program.


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