Date
22 July 2017
A UN-backed armistice in 1953 ended three years of fighting in the Korean War but the military stalemate split the peninsula along the 38th parallel after the conflict. Photo: Wikipedia
A UN-backed armistice in 1953 ended three years of fighting in the Korean War but the military stalemate split the peninsula along the 38th parallel after the conflict. Photo: Wikipedia

China urges US peace with North Korea to end nuclear threat

A formal truce between the United States and North Korea to end 76 years of hostility is necessary if the West wants Kim Jong-un to stop developing nuclear weapons.

“North Korea and the US still have not made peace, they’ve been in an extended ceasefire,” Fu Ying, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of China’s legislature, is quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

“You need to think how to bring an end to the war and enter a more normal relationship.”

The US and North Korea agreed to a United Nations-backed armistice in 1953 that ended three years of fighting in the Korean War.

The military stalemate split the peninsula along the 38th parallel after the conflict left more than half a million troops from China, the US, North and South Korea dead.

Speaking on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, Fu said that while her country is displeased with the recent nuclear test by North Korea — formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — citizens are even more concerned by the US response.

“The Chinese public is also angry about the nuclear issue but they’re even more angry about THAAD,” Fu said, referring to the anti-ballistic missile system the US says it deployed to protect against North Korea.

“It covers more territory in China than in North and South Korea together.”

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