Prime minister pledges calm Cabinet efforts to back up peace agreements

SEOUL, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Tuesday his Cabinet will be working calmly and solidly to back up the peace agreement that the two Koreas worked out in last month's historic summit of their leaders.

Lee made the remark during a trilateral meeting of senior officials from the government, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae and the ruling Democratic Party, saying the inter-Korean summit and the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit will be recorded as "meetings of the century" that change the fate of the Korean Peninsula.

"These developments unfolding beyond imagination were made possible through the combination of President Moon Jae-in's creativity and conviction, U.S. President Donald Trump's wisdom and determination and North Korean State Council Chairman Kim Jong-un's courage," Lee said.

"The Cabinet will be working calmly and solidly within the framework put together by the leaders," he said, adding that the government will immediately carry out inter-Korean projects that can be implemented right away and seek consultation with the North on projects that need consultation.

Lee said the government will take a phased approach to issues related to sanctions and other issues related to the U.S.-North Korea summit.

Rep. Choo Mi-ae, leader of the ruling party, hailed North Korea's announcement of a plan to dismantle the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site as a first step toward "complete denuclearization" of the communist nation.

"Next month's North Korea-U.S. summit will produce achievements going beyond imagination," she said. "The Moon Jae-in government gave people freedom and hope for the past year, and we will be working hard to give people peace and prosperity as a gift in the second year."

Choo also said peace is directly related to the economy, people's livelihoods and welfare.

The trilateral meeting also touched on economic issues.

Lee said the government will take bolder and speedier measures to address unemployment and other difficulties facing the country's economy. He also said the government will make full preparations to execute the pending supplementary budget as soon as it passes through the National Assembly.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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