Rival parties welcome regional leaders’ support for N.K’s complete denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korean political parties on Wednesday welcomed the Japanese and Chinese leaders' support for the recent inter-Korean summit agreements that included a reaffirmation of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

After a trilateral summit in Tokyo, the leaders of South Korea, China and Japan issued a special statement that includes an expression of their support for President Moon Jae-in's April 27 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"We believe that the three-way summit will help create conditions for peace on the peninsula, along with the inter-Korean meeting," the ruling Democratic Party (DP) said in a statement.

"The three nations' support for the so-called Panmunjom Declaration could help lead to the success of the upcoming South Korea-U.S. and North Korea-U.S. summits," it added.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) appreciated the three leaders' support for the inter-Korean summit declaration, but it also expressed regret that they did not touch upon a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

"It is a relief that the leaders of the nations in Northeast Asia agreed on the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the LKP said.

"But it is very worrisome and regrettable that the statement did not include their stance on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea," it added.

President Moon is expected to hold a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 22. Trump's expected meeting with Kim Jong-un is likely to be held in coming weeks.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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