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Kim Jong-un agrees to allow in international inspectors as two Koreas meet in Pyongyang

North Korea has agreed to permanently dismantle and shut-down its missile launch pads in Dongchang-ri in the presence of international inspectors and to move towards the decommissioning of its Yongbyon nuclear enrichment site.

After two days of talks in Pyongyang over denuclearisation and peace on the Korean Peninsula, Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, and Kim Jong-un have pledged to hold more summits, with Kim promising to “visit Seoul in the near future”.

In a joint statement released on Wednesday morning, the two countries, which are still technically at war, agreed to form a joint military committee to help avoid military escalations, to reconnect a cross-border railway and to allow letter exchanges and video calls between citizens for the first time.

Mr Moon is the first South Korean leader to visit Pyongyang in 11 years, arriving on Tuesday morning for a high-stakes summit intended to salvage nuclear diplomacy between the US and North Korea, which have stalled in recent weeks.

The statement confirmed that North Korea was willing to continue to taking additional steps “such as the permanent dismantlement of its Yongbyon nuclear facilities.”

However, in a joint press conference following the talks, Mr Moon indicated that this willingness would be conditional on certain unspecified steps by the US.

The joint statement also announced that the two Koreas had agreed to seek to obtain the rights to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

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