President Moon Jae-in says the time is drawing near for the two Koreas to resume dialogue and end long deliberation emphasizing the significance of the historic summit deal in 2018.
The president was speaking on the third anniversary of the signing of the Panmunjeom Declaration with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that called for joint efforts to achieve co-prosperity and establish lasting peace.
"The Panmumjeom Declaration is a milestone of peace that can be undermined by no one. Under no circumstance will the Declaration, a vow for pursuing the path to peace, be reversed. The achievements to realize the Declaration have faced many challenges but it has been managed securely without military clashes while withstanding big and small hardships in inter-Korean relations."
President Moon's remarks come before a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington next month which he believes could serve as a momentum of dialogue.
The 2018 summit held at the border village of Panmunjeom led to a series of peace talks not only between the two Koreas but also between the North and the United States including the unprecedented summit between Kim Jong-un and former U.S. President Donald Trump.
The peace process, however, has stalled after the second summit between Kim and Trump in Hanoi which ended abruptly without a deal.
During an event held in the South Korean border city of Paju to mark the third anniversary of the historic inter-Korean summit, South Korea's Unification Minister Lee In-young urged North Korea to implement the summit agreements and to come out for talks.
"Genuine peace on the Korean Peninsula will be realized only through dialogue and cooperation. We emphasize again that South Korea is willing to talk with North Korea anytime, anywhere and on any issues regardless of format."
While stating that the Panmunjeom Declaration has helped build a framework for a sustainable peace process Lee said it's necessary to develop it further to build a legal mechanism that prevents a future reversal.
Thus, he has vowed to push the Declaration for parliamentary ratification.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.