The South Korean government will continue its efforts to denuclearize and achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula, a representative of the South Korean unification Ministry said at an event to mark the first anniversary of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Panmunjom.
“Today is the anniversary of the meeting between the two Koreas and the US in Panmunjom. The government (of South Korea) hopes to achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and will continue to make efforts to bring peace and prosperity (to the region – ed.),” the Yonhap news agency quoted the politician, whose name is not given.
An unannounced meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean state Council Chairman Kim Jong-Un took place on June 30, 2019, at the military demarcation line between South and North Korea at the Panmunjom negotiating point. They had met twice before, in Singapore and Hanoi. During the meeting, Trump briefly crossed the line of demarcation between the two states, becoming the first US President to set foot on the territory of the DPRK.
As expected, the meeting was supposed to start the resumption of dialogue, but this did not happen due to joint exercises between the US and South Korea and regular missile launches by the DPRK.
Recently, relations between Seoul and Pyongyang have significantly worsened due to the constant actions of some organizations in South Korea, which use plastic cylinders with heated air to transfer propaganda leaflets to the territory of the DPRK. North Korea has repeatedly demanded an end to these actions by the 2018 joint statement of the leaders of the South and North to renounce hostility against each other. But activists continued to send leaflets, and Pyongyang said, “Its patience has run out.” On June 16, the DPRK blew up the building of the inter-Korean coordination Bureau located on its territory near the demilitarized zone in the city of Kaesong.