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North Korea Crisis

North Korea's 'denuclearization' vow raises hopes and skepticism

Kim and Moon declare an end to 1950s war as they pursue peace treaty

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un deliver a statement at Panmunjom on April 27.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- North Korea agreed on Friday to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, as South Korea scrambled to de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and the North over its nuclear weapons program.

Pyongyang's commitment was made in the Panmunjom Declaration jointly announced by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in that followed the first inter-Korean summit in 11 years. The event also marked the first time a North Korean leader ever crossed the heavily armed border to enter the South. 

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