The United States and South Korea urged North Korea to administer the disarmament pledges in made in past peace talks. The two countries say they will keep pushing for an agreement that will achieve complete denuclearization of North Korea.
A combined statement issued by both the US Defence Secretary Mark T. Esper and the South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo comes after North Korea said it would nullify the 2018 tension-reducing deals.
The allies’ defense chiefs said they “remain firmly committed to defending the hard-fought peace on the Korean Peninsula, to include supporting ongoing diplomatic efforts for the complete denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” Also Read– Kim Jong-un suspends plans to increase military pressure on South Korea
The defense chiefs urged North Korea to “meet its commitments in alignment with” the June 2018 summit talks between the US and North Korea and the inter-Korean talks in 2018.
In the 2018 summit talks between the US and North Korea, President Kim Jong-un said his country “commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” He did not specify when the disarmament steps would take place. Jong-un also required the US to remove its troops from South Korea and end military drills as a condition for its disarmament.
Recently, North Korea ended communications with South Korea by bombing the Liaison office used for peace talks between the two countries. The north also resumed military drills, sent troops to inter-Korean co-operation sites along the armed border with the South, reinstalled guard posts, and flew pro-North leaflets towards the south.