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Russia supports formal end of Korean War, South Korean diplomat says

15 October (NWN) — The South Korean diplomat said the Russian government signaled its support for a formal declaration of an end to the Korean War during talks in Moscow.

South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk met with Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Morgulov on Thursday to discuss peace on the Korean peninsula.

Noh told reporters that the Russian government viewed the formal end of the war as a “confidence-building measure”.

Morgulov “reaffirmed the commitment of the Russian government to play a constructive role in the progress of the Korean Peninsula peace process,” Noh said.

He said South Korea is also intensifying talks with the US and China to help with the peace process.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for a formal declaration during his UN General Assembly speech on September 21.

“I once again urge the community of nations to mobilize their strength to declare the end of the war on the Korean Peninsula,” he said.

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“I propose that two Koreas and three sides of the United States, or two Koreas, four parties from the United States and China, come together and declare that the war on the Korean Peninsula is over.”

The United States and South Korea are still technically at war with North Korea, even though the fighting largely ended in the 1950s.

Seoul is exploring ways to resume peace talks with North Korea and bring about denuclearization on the peninsula.

Noah stressed the need to manage the situation stably. [on the Korean Peninsula] and the importance of early resumption of talks [with the North]South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday regarding the meeting with Russia.

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