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Tue Apr 17, 2018, 09:21 AM

Two Koreas Discuss Official End to 68-Year War, Report Says

Source: Bloomberg News




By Jiyeun Lee
April 17, 2018, 12:22 AM EDT Updated on April 17, 2018, 3:51 AM EDT

South and North Korea are discussing plans to announce an official end to the military conflict between the two countries that are still technically at war, the Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified South Korean official.

At next week’s summit between South Korea President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, the two neighbors may release a joint statement saying they will seek to ease military tension and to end confrontation, according to the report.

A direct phone line between Moon and Kim may be connected around Friday, Moon’s chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, told a briefing Tuesday, adding that it hadn’t been decided when they would hold their first conversation.

No peace treaty has been signed to replace the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and the U.S. and North Korea have been at loggerheads since formal hostilities ended. A successful summit between Moon and Kim could pave the way for a meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump -- the first between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-17/two-koreas-discuss-announcing-end-to-military-conflict-munhwa-jg35w9vf

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DonViejo Apr 2018 OP
Paladin Apr 2018 #1
Submariner Apr 2018 #2
IronLionZion Apr 2018 #3
DetlefK Apr 2018 #4
left-of-center2012 Apr 2018 #5
Scalded Nun Apr 2018 #6
Chemisse Apr 2018 #7

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 09:28 AM

1. Ah, shit. Something else for which trump will try to hog all the credit. (nt)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 09:30 AM

2. This is not going to go over well with Two Scoops

He wants to bomb and kill people, hopefully nuclear, not have a peace treaty break out and interfere with his war plans. Bolton must be apoplectic after reading this news.

Watch out Iran. You're next.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 09:31 AM

3. They might be doing to this to keep Trump out of it

Well, they're no longer at war so no need for the US president to do anything on the Korean peninsula anymore. Definitely no need for stupid tweets and threats.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 10:22 AM

4. It won't be that quick. See reunification of Germany.

It wasn't until the IIRC 1960s that West-Germany formally accepted the existence of East-Germany as a real state.

And even then they merely coexisted. No war, but no kind of peaceful contact either.

And even then it took massive civil-rights protests (and an epic fuck-up of the east-german government at a press-conference) to bring down the GDR.



Kim Yong Un is in this for the long game. He needs perpetual war. Hatred against the US and their south-korean lackies is what keeps North-Korea from collapsing. Take away that enemy and people in North-Korea start to question Kim's rule.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 11:19 AM

5. How dare they try to make a deal without Donald ...

The great negotiator (just ask Stormy)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 12:56 PM

6. This is what I consider a good news story

They need to keep Trump and US politics out of it.

Keeping a skeptical eye, but what a blessing this would be for the people of both countries.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 01:29 PM

7. Perhaps the Olympics and related events became a turning point.

We've had nothing by good news from the region since then.

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