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N. Korea reiterates need for declaring end to Korean War

All Headlines 16:39 August 21, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Tuesday reiterated its demand for the declaration of an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War, the country's leading Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported, amid U.S. President Donald Trump's indication that he will most likely meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again.

The Rodong Sinmun of the ruling Workers' Party said in a commentary, "The declaration of an end to the war is a task that cannot be postponed in the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration."

In the Panmunjom Declaration, which was signed between the leaders of the two Korea at the April summit, they agreed to work trilaterally with the United States or quadrilaterally with the U.S. and China toward declaring the war's end this year.

The report also said the adaptation of the war-ending declaration will not only improve trust-building and relations between Pyongyang and Washington but also carry great significance for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and around the world.

Following the historic Trump-Kim summit in June over Pyongyang's denuclearization, the North has placed priority on declaring a formal end to the three-year conflict, which is technically ongoing as the conflict was halted by a truce.

But Washington has shown reluctance about the early declaration before Pyongyang takes tangible steps toward denuclearization. The U.S. has demanded the North give a full and honest account of its nuclear weapons, related facilities and fissile materials, subject to verification by organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency.

On Monday, Trump said in an interview with Reuters that it's "most likely" he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again following their historic summit in June. "It's most likely we will, but I just don't want to comment," he was quoted as saying, offering no details on the timing or venue.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella Hotel in Singapore on June 12, 2018, in this file photo. (Yonhap)


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