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SoKor President heralds dawn of 'nuclear-free Korean Peninsula'

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has declared the beginning of the full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He made a statement to that effect following the signing of a joint North-South declaration on the results of a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday.

"It was a historical meeting. There will be no more wars on the Korean Peninsula… The full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula begins today," Moon said.

The declaration signed earlier says the two leaders confirmed that their countries seek denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"South and North Korea confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula… South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the international community for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the declaration runs.

Moon voiced the hope that in due course the demilitarized zone that separates the peninsula would turn into a zone of peace and the invigoration of inter-Korean contacts would guarantee security for all people of the two countries, including sailors and the population of border areas.

Moon said that he and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un assumed the initiative for establishing a lasting peace in the peninsula. He thanked Kim for that "bold step".