Two Koreas to discuss announcing official end to war, report says

Two Koreas to discuss announcing official end to war, report says

Some of the issues that would have to be tackled include the hundreds of thousands of troops along one the most heavily fortified borders in the world; submarines and ships patrolling on both coasts; South Korea's active military alliance with the U.S; the hosting of USA forces; and North Korean artillery pointed at Seoul.

Minister Abdrakhmanov made the statement after the meeting with his South Korean colleague Kang Kyung-wha in Astana on April 17 and ahead of the historic summit between the Republic of Korea and the DPRK set to be held on April 27.

The two Koreas have yet to sign a peace treaty to replace the 1953 armistice that ended combat operations in the Korean war, with the U.S. and North Korea still at loggerheads after the three-year conflict ended. The North also had expressed readiness to hold a similar event with the President of the United States. USA officials have said those talks would focus on denuclearizing the North.

That is expected to be followed by a meeting between Kim and Trump in late May or early June, which would mark the first meeting between sitting leaders of the two countries. Koreans from all four corners of the peninsula hope that Panmunjom - for so long a symbol of division - may become a symbol of peace as the regular meeting place for the leaders of the two Koreas.

"Without US support and agreement, it will be hard to follow through on inter-Korean agreements".

The South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday that Seoul might send special envoys to North Korea if necessary to ensure the success of the highly anticipated summit.

When North Korean media reports that Kim Jong-un ascended the mountain, North Korea watchers know something major is happening.

The two Koreas agreed last month to install a hotline for their leaders to help defuse military tension and facilitate consultation.

China and North Korea have been holding talks about a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pyongyang, a Japanese newspaper reported Monday as regional leaders step up diplomatic dialogue.

No peace treaty has been signed to replace the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and the US and North Korea have been at loggerheads since formal hostilities ceased. China and North Korea are trying to fix relations, which have been strained as Beijing has backed a series of United Nations sanctions meant to pressure Pyongyang to stop its nuclear activities.