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North, South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war

North, South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war

Both Korean leaders, premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, are going to attend the most anticipated summit, during which the neighbouring countries can announce the official end of the war, CNBC reports.

North and South Korea have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty. Pyongyang and Seoul are negotiating the permanent end to the officially declared armed conflict, Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an insider in South Korean government circles. Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.

Prior to seeing each other at the summit next week, Korean leaders’ lawmakers from the neighbouring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation. The entire world is waiting for this meeting of Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in.

Geopolitical tensions between North and South Korea are going to disappear

Since 1953, the tensions between the neighbouring countries have occasionally flared up since the armistice, although to date both countries have managed to avoid another devastating conflict.

A successful summit between the Koreas later this month could help pave the way for a meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump. The US leader and North Korean leader are poised to hold talks in late May or June, the Korean Central News Agency reported.