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South Korean moon vows to seek peace in North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has promised to use the last few months of his tenure to promote a “declaration of war” as a way to rush to start deadlocked negotiations with North Korea.

The month held several summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the surge in negotiations between 2018 and 2019.

President Moon Jae-in has vowed to use his last few months in office to open a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea, despite North Korea’s silence over the declaration of peace with North Korea.

“The government will pursue the irreversible path to normalization of North-South relations and peace,” Moon said in his last New Year’s speech on Monday before his five-year term ended in May. Said.

“I hope that dialogue efforts will continue in the next administration,” he said.

“It’s true that there is still a long way to go,” Moon admitted, but argued that if North-South relations improved, the international community would follow suit.

Mr Moon said support for North Korea was made possible by a large-scale military buildup that helped make South Korea safer.

“Peace is possible with strong security,” he said.

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“Declaration of war”

The month is 2018, before negotiations stalled in a disagreement over the international demand for North Korea to abandon its possession of nuclear weapons and the international demand for North Korea to ease sanctions. During the fierce negotiations in 2019, he held several summits with Kim, including one in North Korea. And stop other “hostile policies”.

Moon is promoting a “declaration of war” as a way to rush to initiate these deadlocked negotiations, and his administration has hinted at backchannel debates.

However, North Korea has not publicly responded to recent moves, and the United States has said it supports the idea, but may disagree with the South on the timing.

In his New Year’s Eve speech, North Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-un did not mention the month’s call for a declaration to officially end the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, nor the stagnation of denuclearization negotiations with the United States.

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The Covid-19 pandemic masked the conflict with North Korea. Pyongyang put North Korea in an unprecedented blockade, and the Moon faced domestic pressure to curb the first major coronavirus outbreak outside China in early 2020.

Since then, South Korea has used aggressive tracking and tracking, social distance rules, and delayed but thorough vaccination campaigns to keep overall cases and deaths relatively low by global standards.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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