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South Korea to seek denuclearization declaration in summit with DPRK

Mainichi wrote from Seoul that an official of the presidential office of South Korea disclosed on Tuesday that South Korea is making arrangements to adopt a denuclearization declaration at its summit with North Korea scheduled for April 27. The official reportedly said that it is a “matter of course” to seek such a declaration because denuclearization and peace building are the most crucial items on the agenda for the summit. Nikkei ran a similar report speculating that the idea is intended to demonstrate that Seoul is playing a key role as a mediator by paving the way for denuclearization ahead of the proposed U.S.-DPRK summit in May. Sankei wrote that South Korea is apparently caught between the United States and the DPRK because Washington is demanding complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization, while Pyongyang is seeking steps toward denuclearization in stages.

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