Canberra, 16 December 2021 (TDI): South and North Korea as well as US and China have agreed to formally declare an end to the Korean War. The decision came after almost 70 years of the end of the conflict.

South Korean President, Moon Jae-in expressed that the end couldn’t be materialized before now because of North Korea’s reservations regarding present-day US behavior.

He stated that the declaration embodies the acquiescence of the four main parties, for peace. However, North Korea has demanded an end of US hostility before any kind of dialogue.

President Moon Jae-in enunciated that it was important to end the unsteady truce that had been in place for almost seven decades. Moreover, a peace declaration will improve the prospects for a peaceful Korean Peninsula.

Apparently, North Korea has shown a positive response towards the peace overtures, although the country has conducted various missile tests this year.

Korean War

Technically, the Korean War ended in July 1953 with an armistice but not a peace treaty which means that the North and South are still at war. President Moon has sought peace in the Korean Peninsula by engaging North Korea several times for the declaration of peace as well as by highlighting the issue at, many international forums.

Experts believe that a peace declaration and the active engagement of the South with North Korea will establish peace on the Peninsula.

China supports the peace proposal, while South Korea and the US are purportedly in the concluding phase of drawing up a draft declaration. Nevertheless, North Korea has specified that it will only join the process of ending the conflict when the US relinquishes its hostile stance.

This would entail the withdrawal of 28,500 American troops from South Korea as well as an end of annual US-South Korea military drills that Pyongyang regards as a practice for an incursion.