MILAN  -   Seoul and Pyongyang have a historic opportunity to overcome the long-standing divisions and establish peace on the Korean peninsula following the summits between the leaders of the two countries, South Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs Kang Jeong-sik said on Friday.

“We have now a historic opportunity to remove this barrier to peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Kang said at the 25th OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.

The South Korean government is now taking “major efforts” to achieve the goals set by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meetings, Kang added.

Relations between Seoul and Pyongyang began to improve after a historic summit between Moon and Kim in April after more than a year of rising fears of war over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The South and North Korean leaders also met in May and September.

At the third inter-Korean summit in September, Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to suspend artillery drills near the inter-Korean border, remove all guard posts from the demilitarized zone as well as establish a no-fly zone above the military demarcation line that separates the two Koreas.