Historically speaking the hostilities on the Korean peninsula ended July 27, 1953, but the war went on.
An armistice agreement was signed that day by the U.S., North Korea and China, which was designed to “insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved.”
It has been sixty-four years since then and yet, the war has never officially been declared over. It is now being reported that North and South Korea are discussing a permanent end to the war
Sixty-four years later, the war has never been officially declared over.
CNBC, is reporting:
Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.
Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.
Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty. Geopolitical tensions have occasionally flared up since the armistice, although to date both countries have managed to avoid another devastating conflict.
President Trump and Kim Jong-un have reportedly set up a meeting as early as next month.
In the media, North Korea has stepped down from their aggressive rhetoric. According to Reuters, the North Korean dictator “pledged his commitment to denuclearization and to meet U.S. officials.”
“It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearisation on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il,” Kim Jong Un said, according to Xinhua. Kim is currently in China for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Ever since taking office, President Trump has put pressure on North Korea. Furthermore, he forced China into action by enacting tariffs on Chinese goods, in order to make the Asian nation to address the North Korea conflict.
Trump’s strategy seems to have worked so far, as China and North Korea have already had meetings.
Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018