Friday, September 24, 2021
Peace agreement with Seoul?
North Korea welcomes end to war
The Korean War was about 70 years ago, but the two countries on the peninsula are officially still at war. The government in Pyongyang calls South Korea’s proposal to negotiate a peace deal “the best idea” – with reservations.
North Korea is ready to renegotiate with South Korea under certain conditions. Kim Jong Un, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, called South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s repeated attempt to declare a formal end to the Korean War (1950-53) “an interesting and brilliant idea.”
At the same time, he accused South Korea of inciting North Korea in the past and repeatedly criticized it. Kim was quoted by state media as saying that Pyongyang could hold “constructive discussions” on the development of the relationship if South Korea abandons its hostile stance.
At the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. He suggested that the two Korean states meet with the United States, four of them China, to officially declare the end of the Korean War after the ceasefire was agreed in 1953. The Korean Peninsula is still at war under international law as a peace agreement has not yet been reached.
South and North Korea reopened official communications links in July after a long radio silence. However, in August, North Korea stopped responding to South Korea’s calls in protest of joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States. Strict international sanctions are being imposed due to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Negotiations on a nuclear program between the United States and North Korea have not made any progress for more than two and a half years.
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