South Korea President calls for declaration to end Korean War
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UNITED NATIONS, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in called for a declaration to end the Korean War, in his address to the high level 76th session of the world body.
He told the world leaders that "I once again urge the community of nations to mobilize its strengths for the end-of-war declaration on the Korean Peninsula.”
President Moon said "I propose that three parties of the two Koreas and the U.S., or four parties of the two Koreas, the U.S. and China come together and declare that the War on the Korean Peninsula is over”.
He noted that North Korea had long sought a formal end to the Korean War to replace the armistice that stopped the fighting but left it and the U.S.-led U.N. Command still technically at war.
Moon stressed that he has been active in trying to engage with North Korea throughout his presidency, has argued that such a declaration would encourage North Korea to give up to denuclearize.
Washington has said Pyongyang must give up its nuclear weapons first.
President Biden addressed the high level debate said the United States sought "serious and sustained diplomacy to pursue the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
He said "We seek concrete progress toward an available plan with tangible commitments that would increase stability on the Peninsula and in the region, as well as improve the lives of the people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
South Korean pop band BTS also attended the Global Assembly and performed at the UN.
“Permission to Dance," a video was filmed inside and around the turtle bay attracted millions of viewers online.
BTS said it is bringing a message of hope and community, talking about the importance of COVID-19 vaccines and sustainability.
By Anjali Sharma