International desk – The North and South have agreed to work for establishing peace in the Korean peninsula getting rid the area of nuclear weapons.
The agreement came at a historic meeting between the leaders of the North and South Korea on Friday as video footage show Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in posed for photographs at their border.
They crossed the border together and walked to the South for the historic talks followed by an announcement.
The two also agreed to push towards turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty this year, according to BBC.
It comes just months after warlike rhetoric from North Korea.
Details of how denuclearisation would be achieved were not made clear and many analysts remain sceptical about the North’s apparent enthusiasm for engagement.
An issue for the North is the security guarantee extended by the US, a nuclear power, to South Korea and Japan and its military presence in both countries.
Previous inter-Korean agreements have included similar pledges, but were later abandoned after the North resorted to nuclear and missile tests and the South elected more conservative presidents.
Following Friday’s summit, Kim said the two leaders had agreed to work to prevent a repeat of the region’s “unfortunate history” in which progress had “fizzled out”.
“There may be backlash, hardship and frustration,” he said, adding: “A victory cannot be achieved without pain.”