As Moon Meets Kim, Who Will Eventually Claim Credit for a Korean Peace Deal?

South Korea’s president, Moon Jae In, with Donald Trump in Seoul, Nov. 7, 2017. Moon met North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on April 27, 2018, before Trump is supposed to hold talks with Kim in the next month or so. Meanwhile, Trump must decide what to do about the Iran nuclear deal. KANG MIN SEOK/REPUBLIC OF KOREA
  • Mutual recognition of each country’s existence as a precondition for further bilateral agreements
  • Cessation of hostilities as a prelude to a peace agreement
  • Completion and signing of a new version of the 1992 Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
  • Resumption and perhaps extension of the joint cooperation zones in Kaesong and Kumgangsang in North Korea
  • A formal peace agreement between the two Koreas
  • Establishment of a nuclear weapons free zone for the entire Korean Peninsula
  • US recognition of North Korea as a sovereign nation
  • Security guarantees for both South and North Korea as a precondition for talks about denuclearization
  • The lifting of US sanctions against peninsula-wide nuclear, chemical and biological weapons
  • A formal peace agreement to replace the Armistice, opening the way to full diplomatic relations and unhindered trade.



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