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S. Korea reaffirms commitment to peace on 1st anniversary of Trump-Kim DMZ meeting

13:38 June 30, 2020

SEOUL, June 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reiterated its will toward achieving denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula, a unification ministry official said Tuesday, marking the anniversary of a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Demilitarized Zone.

"Today marks the first anniversary of the meeting between the two Koreas and the United States in Panmunjom. The government hopes to achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, and will strive to bring peace and prosperity," the official said.

In 2019, Trump and Kim met at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas and agreed to restart working-level nuclear talks.

Trump briefly crossed into the North, becoming the first U.S. president ever to set foot on North Korean soil. South Korean President Moon Jae-in also joined the leaders at the DMZ.

The surprise meeting between Kim and Trump had raised hopes it would provide momentum in nuclear talks that had been stalled since their no-deal summit in Hanoi in February that year.

The two sides held working-level talks in Stockholm in October, but no progress was made.

In the file photo taken June 30, 2019, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) walks with U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in toward the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas, after holding talks with Trump at the Freedom House on the village's southern side. (Yonhap)

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