South Africa has welcomed the high level summit talks between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which get underway today.
“The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) welcomes the scheduled summit between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that will take place today in the border town of Panmunjom,” said DIRCO in a statement.
Following the meeting on 5 March 2018 in Pyongyang between DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and ROK President Moon-Jae-in’s delegation of special envoys, the two sides agreed on a roadmap of joint actions and ongoing discussions, which will culminate in today’s summit meeting.
“South Africa is encouraged by these positive developments on the Korean Peninsula and the efforts on all sides to promote direct contact and dialogue to ensure holistic and durable solutions in the Korean Peninsula,” said DIRCO.
South Africa, in line with its foreign policy, has consistently called for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Pretoria firmly believes that nuclear weapons and the pursuance of such capabilities do not enhance security but rather constitute a source of regional and international insecurity.
“In this regard, South Africa pledges its full support with respect to the rapprochement from all sides, in the interest of peace and security for the region, and beyond,” said DIRCO.
In January, South Africa welcomed the first high-level bilateral meeting between the two neighbouring countries. The January meeting was the first in almost two years between the two countries.