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The third inter-Korean Summit that has taken place over the past two days in Pyongyang has shown us once again that diplomacy is the way forward.
The joint statement of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) outlines concrete commitments and steps for denuclearisation, ending hostilities and removing risks of war, promoting reconciliation and humanitarian cooperation. The written commitment of the DPRK to dismantle its missile engine testing facility and launch tower "in the presence of experts from relevant countries", which should involve relevant multilateral institutions, is an important step.
We hope that these steps will ensure concrete progress towards establishing peace and security on a Korean Peninsula, free of nuclear weapons. This is in all of our interest.
The European Union is ready to support efforts towards the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in every way we can. I will discuss this next week at the UN General Assembly with all relevant interlocutors.