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South Korean parties divided over summit result

2018/04/27 20:22

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SEOUL, April 27 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) denounced the declaration by the two Koreas following the leaders' historic summit on Friday, calling it a political charade in the name of peace.

LKP leader Hong Joon-pyo left the comment in a Facebook posting in the wake of the disclosure of the joint declaration signed by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The agreement pledges both sides to commit to a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to reduce military tension.

"After all, the summit was nothing but a collaborative 'peace show' ... between Kim Jong-un and the Moon government," Hong wrote in the post.

The head of the conservative party lashed out at the Moon government for "not being able to speak a word about the North giving up its nukes" and called the declaration "a dictation" of Kim's words taken by Moon.

The ruling Democratic Party (DP), on the other hand, called the outcome of the summit "a historic declaration that paves a new path toward peace and the easing of tension on the Korean Peninsula."

   It continued, "It has integrated detailed action plans for all key agenda items the two Koreas will have to carry out going forward."

   The minor opposition Bareunmirae Party took special note of the phrase "a complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula being stated in the joint declaration.

But it reiterated its stance of calling for more tangible efforts from North Korea in terms of carrying out the process of denuclearization.

"What's most important is how we are going to put these into practice," party spokesman Kim Cheol-kun said.

The Party for Democracy and Peace and progressive Justice Party hailed the outcome of the summit.

"We welcome the historic agreement and the bold moves by the leaders of the two Koreas and the party sees it as one that has presented its roadmap in consideration of the planned summit between Pyongyang and Washington," Choi Kyung-hwan, spokesman for the Party for Democracy and Peace said.

Justice Party spokesman Choi Seok called for U.S. President Donald Trump to "actively join the mood of peace" for a successful summit with Kim, which is widely excepted to take place in late May or early June.

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