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N. Korea says U.S. responsible for declaring end of war

All Headlines 10:08 August 17, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's main newspaper demanded Friday that the United States agree to declare the end of the 1950-53 Korean War to pave the way for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Amid expectations of an imminent North Korea visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary that Washington has responsibility and obligation for an end-of-war declaration.

"There is no reason to ignore a declaration to end the war. It is a preliminary and essential process to pave the ground for detente and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula," the commentary said.

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The paper also stressed that South Korean citizens and Korean people living in the U.S. have held rallies to call for the end-of-war declaration.

"The U.S. should implement phased and simultaneous measures, like the end-of-war declaration, to build mutual trust and make a breakthrough in the security of the world," said the paper.

North Korean external propaganda website Meari also ran a commentary, arguing that it is meaningless to talk about peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula without signing the declaration of the end of war.

"As long as the armistice remains intact, even a small accidental event could immediately escalate into a crisis. If so, the North's relations with the South and the U.S. could revert to the past phase of confrontation," said the website.

In recent weeks, Pyongyang's official and propaganda media outlets have poured out commentaries and articles pressing Seoul and Washington to agree to a declaration to end the Korean War and ease sanctions on the North.

ycm@yna.co.kr
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