North Korea, South Korea Reportedly in Talks to Announce End to 68-Year Korean War


The summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week could result in a historic announcement of an end to the 68-year Korean War, according to a report.

The South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo cited an unnamed intelligence source as saying the summit scheduled for April 27 — the first time the leaders will meet face-to-face — could result in a peace announcement.

North Korea and South Korea have technically been at war since 1950 because that conflict ended in a cease-fire rather than a peace treaty.

The Munhwa Ilbo report follows weeks of planning by North Korea and South Korea that kicked off with a display of thawed tensions at the Winter Olympics.

Since then, Kim is said to have expressed an unprecedented willingness to talk with South Korea and discuss denuclearization with the US. He has also traveled outside North Korea for the first time since assuming power in 2011, meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

North Korea has also recently seen diplomatic delegations and K-pop bands visit — Kim even sat in on a performance in Pyongyang that he apparently loved.

North Korea also sent Kim’s sister to the Olympics and upgraded the status of his wife, Ri Sol Ju, from “comrade” to “revered first lady” in a what could be a bid to create a cult of personality around her.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Alex Lockie