Special to USA TODAY
Published 1:57 AM EDT Sep 19, 2018
SEOUL — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad agreement on Wednesday morning in Pyongyang that both said would usher in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
At a news conference held in Pyongyang’s state guesthouse Paekhwawon, President Moon said that North Korea will permanently dismantle its Donchang-ri missile engine test site and launch pad and would allow international inspectors to observe. He added that the North would take the further step of closing its Yongbyon nuclear facility if the United States responded with further concessions.
"The South and the North also discussed denuclearization steps for the first time," Moon said of his talks with Kim in a joint press conference held at the North's state guesthouse Paekhwawon.
In a late-night tweet, President Donald Trump lauded Kim's diplomacy.
"Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts," Trump said. "In the meantime there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing."
The Yonhap News Agency reported Kim said he and Moon had agreed to remove all nuclear weapons and threats from the Korean Peninsula.
"The September declaration will open a higher level for the improvement in relations (between the South and the North) ... and bring closer the era of peace and prosperity," Kim was quoted.
The defense ministers of both countries also signed agreements which Seoul said included measures to reduce military tensions on the divided peninsula.
At the conference, which was broadcast live on South Korean television, President Moon said that Kim had agreed to visit Seoul in the near future and that the two Koreas would bid to jointly host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
More: White House, North Korea discuss possibility of second Trump-Kim meeting
Related: The women who lift N. Korea leader Kim Jong Un's image: sister Kim Yo Jong, wife Ri Sol Ju