UPDATED 8:22 AM PT – Friday, December 31, 2021
South Korea reached a consensus with the United States on the draft for a Korean War peace treaty. The republic’s head diplomat, Chung Eui-yong, announced the agreement Wednesday, which would effectively end the decades-long conflict.
South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Choi Young-sam announced that, in a broad sense, his country and its benefactor had a mutual goal in mind.
“South Korea and the U.S. have already reached a defacto agreement on the end of war declaration draft under consensus of its importance,” he announced. “However, we are still in negations over detailed measures.”
However, a look into the plan’s details displays how the two sides’ objectives differ. Dr. Go Myong-hyun explained what each country specifically wanted from the deal.
“In case of South Korea, the first priority is peace then followed be de-nuclearization…with the United States de-nuclearization proceeds any type of negotiation,” he explained.
The Korean War began in 1950 with combat subsiding in 1953 after the signing of an armistice between China, North Korea and UN Command. The conflict was never officially concluded because no peace treaty was signed.
Although the draft has not been officially been presented to North Korea, State Department spokesperson Ned Price is hopeful. Should an agreement be reached, a sizeable amount of U.S. military equipment and personnel could be withdrawn from the Korean Peninsula.