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NK deputy premier urges S. Korea to carry out summit agreements

All Headlines 14:59 September 05, 2019

VLADIVOSTOK/SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- A vice premier of North Korea urged South Korea on Thursday to implement the summit agreements the two sides reached last year if it wants to resume the long-stalled reconciliation talks.

Ri Ryong-nam made the remark to reporters in Vladivostok after meeting with Russian government officials. Ri arrived in the Far Eastern port city earlier this week to take part in the 5th Eastern Economic Forum.

"South Korea should implement issues specified in the joint declaration and Panmunjom declaration," he said when asked about the prospect of the resumption of inter-Korean talks, referring to the deals reached by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in their summits in April and September.

"How can that (the talks) happen when it doesn't implement (the agreements)?" he responded.

Inter-Korean relations made significant strides last year, with Moon and Kim holding three summits, but the reconciliation process has reached a deadlock as the denuclearization negotiations between the North and the United States have made little progress.

North Korea has been ramping up its pressure on South Korea, taking issue with Seoul's joint military exercise with the U.S. and the introduction of new weapons, such as F-35A stealth fighters, on its soil.

This photo, taken Sept. 5, 2019, shows Ri Ryong-nam, vice-premier of the North's Cabinet, in Vladivostok, Russia. Ri left Pyongyang on Sept. 2 to take part in the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in the Far Eastern port city. (Yonhap)


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