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Unification minister says end-of-war declaration useful means to kick-start nuclear talks

North Korea 16:43 September 24, 2021

SEOUL, Sept. 24 (Yonhap) -- Unification Minister Lee In-young said Friday the declaration of a formal end to the Korean War could serve as a useful and cost-effective measure to demonstrate no hostility and resume nuclear talks with North Korea.

His remarks came shortly after Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, released a statement calling President Moon Jae-in's proposal to declare a formal end to the war an "admirable idea."

"The end-of-war declaration is a gateway to bringing peace on the Korean Peninsula and serves as a catalyst for denuclearization negotiations, and it also does not cost much immediately," Lee said during his speech at a seminar celebrating the launch of a nongovernmental organization on unification.

"In the military field, it is also a very useful and important measure that could drop the will towards war and hostility, as well as promote mutual trust and respect, without any sudden change in the current situation," he said.

Lee added Seoul will continue its efforts to drive forward the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

During his United Nations speech earlier this week, Moon proposed the two Koreas and the United States, possibly joined by China, declare a formal end to the 1950-53 war, saying it will mark a pivotal point of departure in creating a new order of reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.

The two Koreas are still technically at war, as the conflict ended only with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Unification Minister Lee In-young speaks during an in-person meeting of the inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation council at the government complex in Seoul on Sept. 24, 2021. (Yonhap)

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