"The complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the most urgent task that lies before us and a task we must complete peacefully", the president said while attending a Buddhist service held for the success of his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The peninsula remains bisected in a perpetual stalemate, with the USA -backed South Korean military lined up against more than a million North Korean troops. On the occasion of and after the Games, the two Koreas exchanged their special envoys and finally agreed to hold the historic inter-Korean summit at the truce village of Panmunjeom on April 27th.
During started after this high-level dialogue was the date for the inter-Korean summit on April 27.
That is expected to be followed by a meeting between Kim and Trump in late May or early June, which would mark the first meeting between sitting leaders of the two countries.
Reclusive North Korea has been pursuing nuclear and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.
A summit between the two countries' leaders is scheduled for next week and, citing an unidentified South Korean official, the paper says will include a potential joint statement declaring an end to the 68-years-long conflict and easing of tensions.
South Korea has listed 3 main issues to be discussed at its summit with North Korea next week.
"There also has to be a process of actually delivering the peace". The US sometimes deployed strategic assets over and on the Korean peninsula.
UN Security Council sanctions imposed since North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006 and strengthened over the past decade aim to cut North Korea off from worldwide trade.
Kim invited Xi when he visited Beijing last month.
Mr Im added that a direct hotline between the two leaders would be operational by Friday for possible trials before the summit.
A South Korean government minister said on Tuesday that the goal of the forthcoming inter-Korean summit should be to sign a peace treaty, amid high expectations for the first meeting between the leaders of the divided countries in a decade.
Discussions are underway about live coverage of part of the meeting, Im said.
The two Koreas have yet to sign a peace treaty to replace the 1953 armistice that ended combat operations in the Korean war, with the USA and North Korea still at loggerheads after the three-year conflict ended.
Scholars believe that the North may be emulating China, which by the end of the '60s, completed its development of ballistic missiles as well as atomic and hydrogen bombs, established diplomatic relations with the United States in 1972 and pushed through market reform.
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