Korean leaders pledge denuclearization, but avoid specifics

Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong Un
The Associated Press

GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — The leaders of North and South Korea have repeated a vow to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons but failed to produce any specific new measures or potential breakthrough on an issue that has terrified many since the rivals seemed on the verge of war last year.

The vague joint statement produced by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday to achieve “a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization” kicks one of the world’s most pressing issues down the road to a much-anticipated summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in coming weeks.

The Koreas’ historic summit may be remembered as much for the sight of the two leaders holding each other’s hands after Kim walked over the border to greet Moon.