End of the Korean War “in principle” approved – sport news football96

North and South Korea, the USA and China have basically agreed to officially end the Korean War, says South President Moon Jae-in.

However, due to North Korea’s demands, talks still need to be started, he added.

The Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953, ended with a ceasefire, not a peace treaty.

North and South Korea have since been technically at war – supported by China and the US, respectively – and are trapped in a tense relationship.

Mr Moon, who is currently visiting Australia, spoke with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a joint press conference in Canberra.

What does North Korea want?
In September, Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, signaled that her country could be open to talks, but only if the US abandons its “hostile policies” against them.

North Korea is consistently opposed to the presence of US troops in South Korea; the joint military exercises held each year between the United States and South Korea; and US-led sanctions against North Korea’s weapons program.

But the US has repeatedly said that North Korea must first give up its nuclear weapons before any sanctions can be lifted.

On Monday, Mr. Moon said North Korea is continuing to make this request a prerequisite for talks.

“Because of this, we cannot sit down to discuss or negotiate the declaration … we hope that the talks will begin,” he said.

The South Korean leader has made working with the North a cornerstone of his presidency, previously arguing that a formal declaration to end the war would encourage the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.
President Moon is running out of time.

He is leaving office in March after sincerely asking for five years to bring lasting peace to the Korean peninsula.

And yet North Korea remains more cut off than ever. The days of handshakes and promises between Pyongyang and Seoul seem to be over. For now.

Trying to get an end-to-war deal on the table is Moon Jae-ins’s last hope.

But he faces great challenges. The US seems less enthusiastic about the idea. The Biden administration seems happy to talk about it and of course nobody wants a permanent state of war on the peninsula. However, some believe that a deal would reward Kim Jong-un with no guarantees in return.

Proponents say the deal is a diplomatic gesture – a starting point for giving North Korea security guarantees. Opponents say Pyongyang could demand the withdrawal of 28,500 US soldiers from South Korea and end the annual joint military exercises between the US and South Korea.

North Korean state media have also called the idea “premature”.

There is a bigger problem for President Moon. South Korea did not sign the ceasefire. This end-of-war agreement is not his gift to make in the history books.

He can still try to get all parties around the table, but getting them all to dig into the details would be the diplomatic equivalent of climbing Everest.

What did the US and China say?
During a press conference in October, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the US “may have slightly different views on the exact order or timing of the terms and conditions for various steps” to reach an agreement on a statement.

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Meanwhile, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported last week that the top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi had pledged his country’s support for “the push to declare the end of the war”, citing South Korean diplomats in Beijing.

What Happened in the Korean War?
The war began with an incursion of 75,000 soldiers from the communist north in June 1950 over the 38th parallel, the border between North and South Korea.

American troops in support of the south joined the war in the months that followed, and the North Koreans, aided by China and the USSR, were pushed back.

A bloody stalemate ensued and in July 1953 an armistice was signed between the US and North Korea.

Five million soldiers and civilians lost their lives in the conflict.

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