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+++ Koreas: Pyongyang Summit. Bishops, “pleased that reconciliation and peace talks have progressed and borne fruit” +++

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The Korean Bishops welcome the “success” of the third meeting in Pyongyang between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “We are pleased – a statement from the Korean Bishops’ Conference published today and sent to SIR news agency reads – because the talks for the reconciliation of the Korean people and for lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula have progressed significantly and have borne good fruit in the Pyongyang Joint Declaration. The Catholic Church in Korea will continue to proclaim the Gospel of peace and to pray for peace and prosperity in the Peninsula”. The Declaration opens with a sentence from the Letter to the Ephesians: “Having your feet shod in readiness for the Good News of peace”. (6:14-15). The third Summit focused on negotiations to relaunch the denuclearisation talks. After the bilateral meetings between the two Koreas (in April and May), and between North Korea and the United States (in Singapore), denuclearisation talks fell apart. The Summit in Pyongyang ended with the signing of an important agreement. Indeed, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged to dismantle the Tongchang-ri missile launch site, on the west coast, and to permanently stop uranium enrichment activity at Yongbyon. Moreover, he agreed to allow international observers in to verify the process. The face-to-face meeting also showed the desire of the two leaders to “restore normal life” in the Peninsula, by establishing railway connections, allowing the reunification of families separated by war and cooperating in the healthcare sector.

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