North Korea and South Korea Agree to End Military Tension

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) addresses the Security Council ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). At right is Rex W. Tillerson, US Secretary of State and President of the Security Council for April. UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe
Secretary-General António Guterres (left) addresses the Security Council ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). At right is Rex W. Tillerson, US Secretary of State and President of the Security Council for April. UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe

In an attempt to bring peace between the enemy nations North Korea and South Korea, inter-Korean high-level talks were held on Tuesday at the “house of peace” in the south side portion of Panmunjom, where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement was signed to stop the Korean War.

In Tuesday’s talks, a delegation of the north side was led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK, and a delegation of the south side was headed by Minister of Unification Jo Myong Gyun as chief delegate.

At the talks the north and south authorities discussed in earnest the principled issues arising in successfully holding the 23rd Winter Olympics in South Korea and improving the inter-Korean relations.

After a long-standing animosity between the two nations, North Korea a.k.a. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) had decided to reopen the communication channel in order to restore peace in the Korean peninsula.

The decision came after the supreme leader of North Korea declared in his new-year address that his country is a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the talks – particularly the agreement to reopen military channels which are critical to reducing tensions in the region.

The north and the south agreed to make concerted efforts to ease the military tension, create a peaceful environment in the Korean peninsula, and promote national reconciliation and unity.

They shared the viewpoint that the present military tension should be ironed out and agreed to have talks between the military authorities to this end.

RMN News

Rakesh Raman