Seoul looks for ways to turn armistice agreement into peace treaty with North Korea: Cheong Wa Dae
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Seoul looks for ways to turn armistice agreement into peace treaty with North Korea: Cheong Wa Dae

November 28, 2019

Expectations are higher than ever for a major
breakthrough during the series of upcoming summits with North Korea,… with the first
one coming up between the leaders of the two Koreas next Friday. A high-level South Korean official confirmed
on Wednesday…. that Seoul may seek to formally end the Korean War… by establishing a peace
treaty with North Korea. Our Kim Mok-yeon tells us more. At the upcoming inter-Korean summit, the Presidential
Office of Cheong Wa Dae is looking for a way to achieve a peace treaty between the two
Koreas. Hostilities in the Korean War ended not with
a formal peace, but with an armistice, which means South and North are technically still
at war. A high-level official said in the briefing
on Wednesday that the South Korean government is looking into the possibility of a formal
peace treaty. The official hinted that what could happen…
is that an agreement is reached between the two Koreas at the inter-Korean summit,…
and then a formal end to the Korean War is declared at the summit between the United
States and North Korea. But the official underscored that this would
need to be discussed thoroughly by all the parties directly involved. This announcement comes in response to comments
made by President Trump during his two days of talks this week with Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe, in which he said that the two Koreas are discussing an end to the Korean
War. As for the main agenda of the summit,… denuclearization,…
the Chief of the National Security Office , Chung Eui-yong, announced on Wednesday that
Seoul and Washington are considering ways to reward Pyongyang, should it really decide
to denuclearize. One of which is removing what North Korea
says are its own concerns about its security. Chung was asked whether ‘denuclearization’
could have different meanings to the different sides involved in the talks,… but he said
he doesn’t see that as the case. “Chung added that while there might be differences
in terms of the details,… when it comes to the big picture, Seoul, Washington, and
Pyongyang do not see denuclearization that differently,… so a nuclear-free Peninsula
is not an unreachable goal. Cha Sang-mi, Arirang News.”

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