Although the expected meeting of leaders of North as well as South Korea next week has sparked reports of which Kim Jong Un may agree to officially end the Korean War, Pyongyang does not view Seoul as an authorized participant in peace talks, a former CIA official told CNBC.
After nearly seven decades, the Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, as well as lasted for three years, remains officially unresolved. When the war ended, the North agreed to a truce although not a peace treaty. As a result, the North as well as South have technically remained at war for the last 68 years.
“When I met with North Korean officials last year, they said of which South Korea will be not ‘qualified’ to participate in peace treaty negotiations because the item didn’t sign the armistice as well as didn’t have wartime operational control of its forces,” Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow of Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, told CNBC.
“Technically, South Korea will be not a signatory to the armistice as well as a peace treaty could require UN action,” Klingner added. “The previous North Korean position has been for three parties – North Korea, China, as well as the U.S. – to sign a final peace treaty.”
The potential April 27 summit between the two Koreas will be their first face-to-face meeting since 2007. Notably, the two are set to meet inside South Korean village of Panmunjom, which could make Kim the first North Korean leader to cross the 38th parallel since the Korean War.
A possible meeting between Kim as well as President Donald Trump — which could be the first between two sitting leaders of North Korea as well as the United States — will be also reportedly inside works. However, details of the arrangement are slim.
Trump said Tuesday of which the Koreas have his “blessing” to try ending their war.