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S. Korea urges N.K. to take steps toward peace on anniversary of summit agreement

2017/10/04 12:56

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SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Wednesday urged North Korea to honor all inter-Korean agreements and take steps toward peace on the Korean Peninsula as it marked the 10th anniversary of an agreement reached during the second-ever summit between the two sides.

"North Korea should respect all existing agreements between the South and the North, and come forward to a path advancing peace on the Korean Peninsula," a unification ministry official said in comments marking the anniversary of the 2007 agreement.

In 2007, then South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il held meetings from Oct. 2-4 and announced the Oct. 4 agreement in which the two sides pledged to work together to reduce tensions and end military confrontations.

It was the second summit between the two sides after the first in 2000.

North Korea's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried an editorial marking the anniversary, accusing the South of escalating tensions across the world's most heavily fortified border.

"It is a tragedy that ... the danger of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula is rising at an extreme rate, even though 10 years has passed since the historic Oct. 4 declaration was announced," the editorial said. "The South Korean puppets are deepening the disruption of the North-South relations and further escalating the danger of a nuclear war."

  

This 2007 photo shows then South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il signing an agreement after the historic second summit between the two sides. (Yonhap) This 2007 photo shows then South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il signing an agreement after the historic second summit between the two sides. (Yonhap)

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