Why a declaration on end of Korean War is crucial to Pyongyang

A unification flag hangs on a military fence near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea.
A unification flag hangs on a military fence near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea.PHOTO: REUTERS

Trump said to have promised the declaration, seen as guarantee for North to give up nuclear arsenal

With a second United States-North Korea summit in the works, questions have arisen on how both sides will resolve the contentious issue of the end-of-Korean War declaration sought fervently by the North.

Pyongyang has tried for months to wrangle from Washington a formal end to the war, which was halted in 1953 only by an armistice.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2018, with the headline 'Why a declaration on end of Korean War is crucial to Pyongyang'. Print Edition | Subscribe