S. Korea to push complete denuclearization, peace regime in Korean Peninsula

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-19 15:59:46|Editor: ying
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SEOUL, July 19 (Xinhua) -- The new South Korean government under President Moon Jae-in mulled pushing for a complete denuclearization and a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

It was unveiled on Wednesday in a five-year plan under the new administration, which was inaugurated on May 10, according to the presidential Blue House.

Under the plan, the Moon government will draw up comprehensive measures for negotiations on the denuclearized peninsula, with an aim of reaching an agreement to the complete denuclearization by 2020. Moon's five-year term was scheduled to end in May 2022.

The new government will push for the resumption of denuclearization dialogue, including the six-party talks which involve South Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), China, the United States, Russia and Japan. The aid-for-denuclearization talks have been suspended since late 2008.

The Moon-led government vowed to achieve the DPRK's denuclearization through all available tools, including sanctions and dialogue, while deterring Pyongyang's further provocations based on the firm South Korea-U.S. alliance and in cooperation with the international community.

Depending on the progress that would be made at the denuclearization talks, South Korea will push for negotiations on the establishment of a peace regime on the peninsula to stably manage the peace regime during the last stage of complete denuclearization.

For that, South Korea planned to draw up a roadmap within this year.

Meanwhile, President Moon was ready to resume an economic cooperation with the DPRK, while pursuing a so-called "new economic roadmap on the Korean Peninsula" as part of growth engines of the economy.

Moon was widely forecast to inherit the "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with Pyongyang to improve inter-Korean relations through economic cooperation, which had been advocated by his liberal predecessors, Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun who held summit talks in Pyongyang with late DRPK leader Kim Jong Il.

The new roadmap referred to the creation of three economic belts throughout the peninsula, including the energy belt in the East Sea, the logistics belt in the West Sea and the tourism belt inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that divides the two Koreas.

The South Korean government will push for the creation of a single market between the two Koreas through private-public cooperative networks in order to form a living community between peoples on the peninsula.

In accordance with improved inter-Korean ties, Seoul will consider the normalization of the Kaesong Industrial Complex and the resumption of Mount Kumgang tours.

The inter-Korean factory park in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong was closed down under the Park Geun-hye government following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January last year.

Tours to the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang, launched in 1998, were suspended in July 2008 when a South Korean female tourist was shot dead by a DPRK soldier after allegedly venturing into an off-limit area.

To resolve pending issues between the two Koreas, South Korea will restore communication channels with the DPRK while resuming inter-Korean talks, including those about military and humanitarian affairs as well as sports and cultural exchanges and economic cooperation.

The South Korean government will push for a new "basic agreement" with the DPRK while respecting existing inter-Korean agreements, and will seek to legalize the new agreement by getting approval in the National Assembly and support in the UN General Assembly.

The push for the new agreement would be made through bi-partisan cooperation when right conditions are created, according to the five-year plan.

The Moon government will seek to regularize and systematize inter-Korean dialogues, while trying to resolve the humanitarian issue by arranging the reunion event for families of the two Koreas regularly, who had been separated since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

On Monday, Seoul offered to hold talks with Pyongyang about the reunion event as well as about military affairs, but the DPRK had yet to respond to the dialogue overtures.