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Declaration to end Korean War tied to N. Korea denuclearization – Seoul

TOKYO, The issue of South and North Korea’s declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War will be tied to progress of North Korea’s denuclearization, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday. “Without the progress of (the North’s) denuclearization, it would not be realistic to discuss ways to establish peace,” a senior official at Seoul’s Unification Ministry quoted as saying when asked whether it is possible to declare an end to the war, regardless of the North’s nuke issue. The establishment of a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula is one of the key agenda items for a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday. They will likely discuss ways to replace the current armistice with a peace treaty. The Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically at war.

The official also said that ways to bring a permanent peace to the peninsula are likely to be pursued in a phased manner. He said that as these issues are linked to each other, the two Koreas need to coordinate in a way that convinces the international community. The official also added that North Korea’s recent pledge to shut down a nuclear test site has shown that the country is serious about denuclearization. The North announced Saturday that it would suspend its nuclear and long-range missile tests and dismantle its atomic test site in the northern province, but experts remained cautious about the North’s willingness for denuclearization.

Source: Kuwait News Agency