Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

S Korea's Moon: A peace treaty 'must be pursued'

S Korea's Moon: A peace treaty 'must be pursued'

For the first time in over 65 years a North Korean leader will step on to South Korean soil and the two sides will hold talks with a view to announcing an end to the war.

The move has been made just days before South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in person on April 27.

The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbors and the global community to secure peace in the Korean Peninsula and create an "optimal worldwide environment" to build its economy.

The British newspaper The Guardian notes the announcement comes a day after South Korea expressed their desire for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

The two states remain technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, with neither side able to claim an outright victory.

Trump, who wants Kim's regime to get rid of its nuclear weapons, hailed the news in a tweet.

While exuding confidence about North Korea on Wednesday, Trump also raised the possibility that the yet-to-be scheduled summit might be called off because of a lack of agreement over an agenda - or that it might not be successful.

South Korean and USA officials have said Kim is likely trying to save his broken economy from heavy sanctions. It includes Im Jong-seok, chief of staff for the president; Chung Eui-yong, Moon's national security advisor; Suh Hoon, chief of the National Intelligence Service (NIS); and ministers of unification, defense, and foreign affairs.

This will be the third meeting among leaders of both Koreas, as previously there were contacts in 2000 and 2007 in Pyongyang.

The decision to install the hotline came when Moon's special envoys met Kim in Pyongyang last month to lay the groundwork for next week's summit at the border village of Panmunjom.

He also asked Catholics to check the "hostile" attitude that has crept into Korean society since the end of the Korean War. The Blue House confirmed that the test went smoothly.

The two Korean leaders prepare to meet next week in what is seen as paving the way for the US-North Korea summit. "It requires close consultations with other concerned nations, as well as North Korea", the official said. "As a party involved in the peninsular issue, China is willing to play an active role". If this whole exercise will attain its objective of peace in Korea, the Don will have an ace in his sleeve come next USA presidential election.

United States defence spending on Japan far exceeds that on South Korea, as the U.S. is maintaining 50000 troops in Japan at a cost of $5.5bn, while Japan contributes an additional $4bn to USA base expenses.

"The nuclear test and the intercontinental ballistic missile test will be discontinued", the Korean Central News Agency reported Friday, delivering a clear message from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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