During the United Nations General Assembly video session, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for the declaration of an end to the Korean War, saying it would pave the way for complete denuclearization.

He requested the international community’s support so that the Koreas can advance into an era of reconciliation and prosperity through the end-of-war declaration.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, which ended in 1953 in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

“Time has come to remove the tragedy lingering on the Korean Peninsula. The war must end, completely and for good,” Moon said in his pre-recorded video speech submitted to the 75th session of U.N. General Assembly. It was live-streamed on early Wednesday (Seoul time).

Moon’s offer will hopefully reboot the Korea peace process, which has lost steam since its bold start during the 2018 Singapore Summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“Peace on the Korean Peninsula is still in the making and changes that used to brim with hopes have stalled,” Moon said. He stressed the significance of peace on the peninsula, saying it will guarantee peace in Northeast Asia and bring positive changes to the world order.

“I believe it begins with declaring an end to the war, an act that can affirm mutual commitments to peace,” he said. “The end-of-war declaration will, indeed, open the door to complete denuclearization and permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”

Trump also had the Korean Peninsula on his mind this week. The President said countries should continue to work towards denuclearizing North Korea, in written greetings delivered to the 2020 International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference this Monday.

“We urge North Korea to join us in negotiations toward this objective (denuclearization) — thereby ensuring a brighter future for the North Korean people.”

Rafael Grossi, the IAEA chief, reiterated in his opening speech what he had told the IAEA board members a week prior: North Korea’s nuclear activities pose a serious concern.

“The continuation of the country’s nuclear program is a clear violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and is deeply regrettable,” he said, urging the North to address questions involving its nuclear activities during the absence of UN nuclear inspectors.

Imagine if Trump gets more buy-in for the Abraham Accords, his SCOTUS choice confirmed, and an end to the Korean War done before Nov. 3rd!

 

 
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