Speed up official end to Korean War, says North
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Speed up official end to Korean War, says North

PYONGYANG’S propaganda machine has called upon Seoul to focus on the “historic task” of officially ending the Korean War, which has lasted since 1950.

North Korea’s external propaganda website Uriminzokkiri wrote on Monday that “given that the South Korean government also has an obligation to carry out what was agreed upon in the Panmunjom Declaration, it should not sit idle on the issue of declaring an end to the war,” as quoted by the South’s state news agency Yonhap.

“It is a historic task that cannot be delayed anymore to build solid peace regime by ending the current abnormal state of armistice on the Korean Peninsula,” Uriminzokkiri added.

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The Panmunjom Declaration was adopted by both countries after the inter-Korean summit in April between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Under the agreement, both parties agreed to end the war this year and usher in a “new era” of peace including denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

“Improving and cultivating inter-Korean relations is the prevalent desire of the whole nation and the urgent calling of the times that cannot be held back any further,” the document proclaimed.

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South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in (R) shakes hands with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) during the Inter-Korean summit in the Peace House building on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in sat down to a historic summit on April 27 after shaking hands over the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries in a gesture laden with symbolism. Source: Korea Summit Press Pool / AFP

According to Yonhap, the North is growing frustrated with what it sees as a lack of progress towards a peace agreement. Another Pyongyang propaganda website Meari recently demanded that Seoul “do its part” towards a declaration to end the war.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the country’s Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley last week called upon Kim to act upon his promise to denuclearise, which was agreed upon in a historic meeting between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump in Singapore last month.

“We can’t do one thing until we see North Korea respond to their promise to denuclearise. We have to see some sort of action,” said Haley.

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After Pompeo visited Pyongyang earlier this month, the North Korean foreign ministry issued a statement in which it accused Washington of not doing enough to build lasting peace on the Peninsula.

“The US side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war,” the ministry said.

“It took the position that it would even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.”