Iraq hails Koreas’ rapprochement, hopes for world peace

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi addresses the media in Ankara December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS) – RTR4J8X5

Baghdad ( Iraq hailed on Sunday recent steps taken by North and South Korea to end decades of hostility, expressing hope for an end to world conflicts.

In a statement, Iraq’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Mahgoub, said “we welcome the historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea and the peace agreement signed thereafter.

He said Iraq “hope that both sides take steps towards reinforcing security and peace in the Korean Peninsula”, adding that Iraq wishes to see “an end to conflicts in the world that leads to dialogue establishing for international security”.

North and South Korean leaders Kim Jong-Un and Moon-Jae-In met Friday in a historic move and signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, named after the border village that hosted the meeting.

Kim, a beleaguered head of a reclusive country for long surrounded by international sanctions over its nuclear program and ballistic missile tests, became the first North Korean leader to enter South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Right before the signing of the agreement, Kim declared his country was planning to cease the controversial ballistic and nuclear experiments.

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