South Korea makes pledge on talks with Pyongyang — Analysis

The South Korean president promised to seek an ‘irreversible path to peace’ with North Korea

President Moon Jae-in says meaningful peace with North Korea can’t be achieved without some kind of formal agreement. The Korean War ended in 1950s and no agreement was reached between them.

“I will not stop efforts to institutionalize sustainable peace,” Moon said in a New Year’s message on Monday.

Yonhap claims that President Trump was talking about the possible adoption of a declaration which would officially end the Korean War. This conflict raged for 50 years, and ended in 1953 with an international-brokered arms deal and the establishment of a demilitarized area separating North from South.

An official peace agreement is considered a critical element of normalization between Pyongyang, Seoul.

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“If we resume dialogue and cooperation, the international community will respond,”Moon said that his single term of five years expires May. “The government will pursue normalization of inter-Korean relations and an irreversible path to peace until the end.”

“Peace is an essential prerequisite for prosperity. But, peace tends to be shaken if it is not institutionalized,”He added.

Moon held many summits during his presidency with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But talks about denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula effectively fell apart after Donald Trump’s failed negotiations with Kim at a Hanoi meeting, Vietnam, in 2019. Since then, Pyongyang’s missile testing has been condemned by the West.

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