The United States rejected North Korea’s proposal to discuss a peace pact in order to officially finish the Korean War. This proposal was rejected because, according to the US State Department, it did not focus on denuclearisation of the peninsula.
State Department Spokesman John Kirby made the statement in response to a report, published by the Wall Street Journal, that said the White House had agreed to peace talks in secret, just before Pyongyang’s latest nuclear bomb test.
“To be clear, it was the North Koreans, who proposed discussing a treaty,” Kirby said. “We carefully considered their proposal, and made clear that denuclearisation had to be part of any such discussion. The North rejected our response.”
Since the Korean War, the secluded state of North Korea has been asking for a peace treaty with the US and other parties involved. They have also taken efforts to stop the military exercises by South Korea and the US, which has approximately 28,500 troops based in South Korea, says the Guardian.
On January 6, North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb, provoking its neighbours and the US to offer condemnation. After few weeks, it discharged a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, thus garnering further criticism.
Finally, on January 16, Pyongyang had ordered for the termination of a peace treaty with the US and an end to US military exercises with South Korea, according to Reuters.
According to US Deputy Secretary Of State Antony Blinken, Pyongyang needed to display, by its performance, that it was serious regarding denuclearisation before any dialogue could take place.
An armistice ended The Korean War in 1953. It was signed between the US, who represented United Nations forces, the North Korean military and the Chinese army.
Now North Korea demands those three sides along with South Korea should sign a treaty.