S.KOREA TO REMOVE LOUDSPEAKERS ALONG BORDER, NORTH TO ALIGN TIME ZONE WITH SOUTH

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (right) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (left) walk together after a tree-planting ceremony at the truce village of Panmunjom on 27 April 2018. Picture: AFP

SEOUL- South Korea said on Monday it would remove loudspeakers that blared propaganda across the border, while North Korea said it would shift its clocks to align with its southern neighbor.

After the historic summit on Friday which South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un agreed to end hostilities and work toward “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.

South Korea said the propaganda speakers will be removed on Tuesday.

South Korean defense ministry spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo said, “We see this as the easiest first step to build military trust,”

“We are expecting the North’s implementation.”

Many South Koreans polled after the summit are optimistic and trust with relations with North Korea.

The denuclearisation has not been defined broadly and has left many worried and how denuclearisation will be achieved.

The meeting between Kim and Trump is even more anticipated, the summit meeting between the two is expected to be held in the next three weeks.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the United States will require North Korea to demonstrate “irreversible” measures in shutting down their nuclear weapons program.

China is expected to send a top government diplomat Wang Yi, to visit North Korea on Wednesday and Thursday this week. China is the North’s main ally.

Photo Credit- AFP

 

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