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The Pros and Cons of a Korean War Peace Treaty

Author Abigail Bard explains why the United States must ensure that any treaty with North Korea contributes meaningfully to peace on the Korean Peninsula.

In the Panmunjom Declaration , South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated a goal of “declaring an end to the [Korean] War, turning the armistice into a peace treaty, and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.” Rumors are intensifying that the two Koreas hope to declare an end to the Korean War at September’s United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York City. The United States has said that North Korea needs to make progress towards denuclearization before the war can end, while North Korea has stated that ending the war is the next step that must be taken. After the end of the war is declared, the next step will be developing a peace treaty to outline the conditions of a divided post-war Korean Peninsula.

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Abigail Bard

Former Policy Analyst, Asia