China Daily (Hong Kong)

Call to declare end of Korean War ‘premature’


The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Friday rejected a proposal from the Republic of Korea’s President Moon Jae-in to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, saying such a declaratio­n would be meaningles­s if the United States’ “hostile policy” remains unchanged. The DPRK’s Vice-Foreign Minister Ri Thae-song voiced the rejection in a statement, calling the declaratio­n in the current situation as “something premature”, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. Earlier this past week, Moon in a United Nations speech proposed the two neighbors and the US declare a formal end to the war. Ri in his statement again urged Washington to change its hostile policy toward Pyongyang, saying that the Minuteman III interconti­nental ballistic missile test-launches at Vandenberg

Air Force Base in California in February and August, the hasty declaratio­n of the terminatio­n of the USROK missile guidelines in May and the US approval of the sale of military hardware worth billions of dollars to Japan and the ROK “are all targeted against the DPRK”.

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