Most S. Koreans see positively result of special envoys' DPRK visit: poll

2018-03-09 01:02:44 GMT2018-03-09 09:02:44(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SEOUL, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Most of South Korean people saw positively the result of the visit by special envoys of President Moon Jae-in to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a poll showed Thursday.

According to the Realmeter survey, 60.3 percent of respondents said they saw the DPRK visit positively as it was an important turning point for peace on the Korean Peninsula and improved inter-Korean relations.

It was based on a poll of 501 voters conducted Wednesday. It had 4.4 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

Moon's special emissaries made a two-day visit to Pyongyang earlier this week, meeting with top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

After returning home, the special delegation issued a six-point statement, according to which Moon and Kim agreed to hold their first summit talks in late April and establish a hotline between leaders of the DPRK and South Korea.

The DPRK showed its willingness to candidly talk with the United States about denuclearization and normalized ties with Washington, while clearly stating that if military threat toward the DPRK is removed and its security is guaranteed, Pyongyang had no reason to keep its nuclear program.

While dialogues continue, the DPRK will suspend nuclear tests and ballistic missile test-launches, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, 31.5 percent of respondents said they saw negatively the special delegation's DPRK visit, with 8.2 percent having no position on the issue.