Two Koreas to discuss announcing official end to war, report says

Astana looks forward to outcomes of inter Korean Summit- MFA

Scholars believe that the North may be emulating China, which by the end of the '60s, completed its development of ballistic missiles as well as atomic and hydrogen bombs, established diplomatic relations with the United States in 1972 and pushed through market reform. A successful meeting between Moon and Kim could pave the way for one between Kim and American President Donald Trump - the first between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader.

"A peace treaty should be signed in the inter-Korean summit so that we can build peace and ensure peaceful coexistence", Mr Do told foreign media.

The first face-to-face interaction between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is only nine days away, in what will be an early test of Kim's willingness to give up his nuclear arsenal.

No peace treaty has been signed to replace the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and the USA and North Korea have been at loggerheads since formal hostilities ended. The peninsula remains technically at war with a heavily fortified border separating the two countries. "Peace is as complicated as denuclearisation", said John Delury, an associate professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Experts said it would be hard for the two sides to sign the peace treaty, given the differences of opinion on how to sign the deal. North Korea also expressed readiness to hold a summit meeting with the U.S. president.

Seoul has said the peace treaty should be signed by the two Koreas, guaranteed by the U.S. and China with support from Russian Federation and Japan, and later approved by the UN.


"Kazakhstan welcomes the restoration of inter-Korean dialogue and agreements to hold the summit between the Republic of Korea and the DPRK", Kairat Abdrakhmanov said. But UN sanctions that toughened after the North's nuclear and missile tests previous year are feared to take a huge toll on its economy if they continue, foreign experts say.

The South Korean expert anticipated that the inter-Korean summit's major goal is to have Kim Jong-un personally confirm his country's readiness for denuclearization.

The South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday that Seoul might send special envoys to North Korea if necessary to ensure the success of the highly anticipated summit.

The two Koreas are discussing the wording of a joint statement that could be released at the summit, Im said.

Moon is set to meet the reclusive North Korean leader next Friday for what would be a third inter-Korean summit.

The 2 sides plan to hold working-level talks on Wednesday about arrangements for security and proceedings of the summit.

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