South Korea intends to strengthen its ties with its northern foe despite the pending issue of denuclearisation, as President Moon Jae-in vowed on Wednesday August 15th to establish road and rail links with North Korea soon.
Moon and North Korea’s leader Kim Jung-un are due to meet in Pyongyang next month. This will be the third meeting this year amid hopes of reaching a permanent peace deal, as both countries remain in theory at war, having only signed a ceasefire agreement in 1953.
Meanwhile, the US confirms that it will not lift the tough sanctions on North Korea until full and verifiable denuclearisation is reached.
Moon was speaking during a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japanese colonial rule, as reported by the Washington Post.
He asserted that good relations between the two Koreas could be the “driving force” toward the denuclearisation of the peninsula.
The South Korean leader added that he wants to see ground breaking ceremonies before the end of this year to establish road and rail links between the two Koreas.
“The reconnection of railroads and roads is the beginning of mutual prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” he said.