September Pyongyang Joint Declaration

Oct 9, 2018

September Pyongyang Joint Declaration - Image

The full text of the declaration reads: 
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of 
Korea Kim Jong Un and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae In held a north-south 
summit in Pyongyang from September 18 to 20, 2018.
The top leaders estimated that after the historic Panmunjom declaration, wonderful 
achievements were witnessed such as close dialogue, negotiations between the authorities 
of the north and the south, multi-lateral NGO exchanges and cooperation and important 
measures for the detente of military tension. 
They reconfirmed the principles of national independence and national self-
determination and agreed to develop the north-south ties in an consistent and sustained 
way for national reconciliation, cooperation and solid peace and common prosperity, and 
also agreed to strive to provide policy guarantee for the realization of the desire and wish 
of all the fellow countrymen to see the present improvement of the north-south ties leading 
to reunification. 
They had a frank and in-depth discussion of all issues and practical measures for 
advancing the north-south ties onto a new high stage through the thorough-going 
implementation of the Panmunjom declaration, and shared the understanding that the 
Pyongyang summit would mark an important turning point in history before declaring as 
The north and the south committed to lead the termination of military hostility in the 
confrontation area including the Demilitarized Zone to the fundamental removal of the 
substantial danger of war and hostility in the whole of the Korean peninsula. 
The north and the south agreed to adopt "military agreement to implement 
Panmunjom declaration" concluded in the period of the Pyongyang summit as an annex 
agreement, thoroughly preserve and sincerely implement it and take active practical 
measures to make the Korean peninsula a constant peace zone. 
The north and the south agreed to put in earlier motion the north-south joint military 
committee, examine the implementation of the military agreement and have constant 
contacts and discussion for the prevention of accidental armed clashes.
The north and the south agreed to take practical measures to further increase 
exchanges and cooperation and to develop the nation's economy in a balanced way on the 
principle of mutual benefits and common interests and prosperity. 
The north and the south agreed to hold ground-breaking ceremony for reconnecting 
severed railways and roads on the eastern and western coasts and modernizing them 
before the end of 2018.
The north and the south agreed to normalize the operations of the Kaesong Industrial 
Complex and Mt. Kumgang tourism project, to begin with, if the conditions are met and 
hold consultations on the formation of the West Sea joint special economic zone and the 
East Sea joint special tourism zone.
The north and the south agreed to actively promote the north-south environmental 
cooperation for the protection and restoration of the natural eco-system and to make 
efforts for the practical results of the cooperation in the forestry field now underway, to 
begin with. 
The north and the south agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of infectious-
disease control and public health including emergency measures for the prevention of 
inflow and spread of infectious diseases.
The north and the south agreed to further strengthen humanitarian cooperation for 
the fundamental settlement of the issue of families in the north and the south separated by 
the Korean war. 
The north and the south agreed to open as early as possible the reunion venue in the 
Mt. Kumgang area and to restore the facilities there at an earliest possible date to this end. 
The north and the south agreed to discuss and settle on a priority basis the issue of 
video meeting and exchange of image letters between separated families and relatives 
through the Red Cross talks. 
The north and the south agreed to actively promote cooperation and exchanges in 
various fields to give momentum to the atmosphere of reconciliation and unity and to 
demonstrate at home and abroad the stamina of the Korean nation. 
The north and the south agreed to further boost exchange in the field of culture and 
arts and to ensure the Pyongyang art troupe's performance in Seoul within October, as the 
first thing. 
The north and the south agreed to make active joint advance into international games 
including 2020 Summer Olympics and to cooperate to consider a north-south joint bid to 
host the 2032 Summer Olympics. 
The north and the south agreed to hold significant events to meaningfully 
commemorate the 11th anniversary of the October 4 declaration and to jointly 
commemorate the centenary of the March First Popular Uprising and to discuss technical 
ways for them. 
The north and the south shared the view to make the Korean peninsula a peace zone 
free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat and to ensure necessary practical advance 
early to this end. 
The north side agreed to permanently shut down Tongchang-ri engine test ground and 
rocket launch pad with the participation of experts from related countries, to begin with.
The north side expressed its willingness to continue with additional steps toward 
denuclearization such as the permanent destruction of the Nyongbyon nuclear facility if the 
United States takes corresponding actions in line with the spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. 
joint statement.
The north and the south agreed to closely cooperate in the course of pushing forward 
the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un agreed to visit Seoul in the near 
future at the invitation of President Moon Jae In.