North and South Korea to Announce the End of War
- US President Trump’s influence in this peace making is paramount
South and North Korea have discussed plans to announce an official end to the ‘war’ between the 2 countries.
At next week’s Summit between SKorea President Moon Jae-in and NKorea leader Kim Jong Un, the 2 neighbors may release a joint statement saying they will seek to ease military tension and to end confrontation.
A direct phone line between Moon and Kim may be connected by Friday, Moon’s Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok said in a briefing Tuesday, adding that it has not been decided when they will hold their 1st conversation.
No peace treaty has been signed to replace the Y 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and the US and NKorea have been at loggerheads since formal hostilities ended.
A successful Summit between Moon and Kim could pave the way for a meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump, the 1st between a sitting American President and a NKorean leader.
The Korean Peninsula remains bisected in a perpetual stalemate, with the US-backed SKorean military lined up against more than 1-M NKorean troops.
“Ending the state of conflict is the core of the whole thing. Peace is as complicated as denuclearization,” said John Delury, an associate professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. “There also has to be a process of actually delivering the peace.”
Some of the issues that would have to be tackled include the hundreds of thousands of troops along 1 the most heavily fortified borders in the world, submarines and ships patrolling on both coasts, SKorea’s active military alliance with the US, the hosting of US forces, and NKorean artillery pointed at Seoul.
Expect the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to return its original state.