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Post-summit commission formed


Presidential Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok, third from left, speaks in the inaugural meeting of a new presidential commission on the implementation of the outcome of the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit at the Blue House on Thursday. [YONHAP]

The Blue House launched a presidential commission on Thursday to implement a declaration signed between the two Koreas’ leaders to denuclearize the peninsula and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

The commission’s makeup is based on an earlier committee that was established to help prepare for the historic summit held last week at the border village of Panmunjom. Like the committee, the commission will be led by President Moon Jae-in’s chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, but include a number of new members from various government ministries.

At the commission’s inaugural meeting on Thursday, Im said the summit showed the possibility of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. “I believe there was a very important change in the summit that, unlike in the past, made us believe things may be different this time,” he said according to pool reports from the Blue House.

The meeting between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was the third inter-Korean summit, but it was the first to be held in South Korea and first to be broadcast live.

In the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, Moon and Kim agreed to a number of steps aimed at reducing hostility between the two Koreas.

Moon has urged swift implementation of steps that can be taken right away, while others may be delayed due to international sanctions on the North. The commission’s first job will be to identify steps that can be pushed forward and those that need to wait.

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