Koreas Negotiating Peace Treaty & End To Demilitarized Zone

Above: Flowers of peace will bloom in the shape of the Korean Peninsula on the grass at Seoul Plaza starting on April 13 to celebrate the upcoming Inter-Korean Summit. The photo is a digital image of the flowers that will be planted. (Seoul Metropolitan Government).

The 1950 to 1953 war between North and South Korea ended with a truce and the creation of a demilitarized zone. Now the North and South Korea governments are preparing to announce a permanent end to the Korean War with a peace agreement, the  newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official.

CNBC reports:

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.

USA Today reports:

The move comes ahead of next week’s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Moon said Tuesday that the denuclearization of North Korea is the most pressing task facing the South and vowed to establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to Yonhap news agency.

The two leaders are set to meet on April 27 at the border village of Panmunjom. Announcing the official end the 65 year old war would be a major breakthrough between the Koreas.

Officially ending the war is one of the three issues the two countries have listed as priorities for their upcoming summit.

If an agreement is signed between the north and south, it will have implications for the upcoming meeting of the US and North Korea as the armistice was signed by the US, China and North Korea – South Korea’s president, Syngman Rhee, refused to sign. A peace treaty will have an impact on the negotiations between the US and North Korea and push the US into officially ending the Korean War. President Trump has tweeted his support for a peace treaty.

This is occurring when President Trump is meeting with Japanese President Abe in Florida.

President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un are expected to hold talks in June. Trump claims there have been very high level discussions between the US and North Korea and took credit for the peace negotiations. Politico reported: “They are discussing an end to the war. Subject to a deal, they would certainly have my blessing and they do have my blessing to discuss that,” Trump said of Kim and Moon’s upcoming summit. “Without us — and without me, in particular — I guess you would have to say that they wouldn’t be discussing anything.”