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Report: Formal End in Sight for Korean War

South Korean newspaper says leaders from North and South may agree at summit
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2018 10:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – In 1953, North and South Korean leaders met at the "Peace House" in the border village of Panmunjom to sign an armistice ending hostilities in the Korean War. Some 65 years later, a historic meeting at the same spot may finally mean the war's official end. In a report being shared by Western media outlets such as Newsweek and CNBC, South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo says that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In may sign a joint statement at the April 27 meeting that outlines a permanent end to the war. The paper reports the two leaders may also reveal plans to return the 160-mile-long demilitarized zone separating the countries to its original state.

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Those outcomes appear far from certain, however, with Moon’s chief of staff setting expectations for the summit lower. "It may lead to the establishment of regular dialogue at Panmunjom," said Im Jong-seok, reports Yonhap News. But, he added, “We expect the summit will confirm the denuclearization will (of North Korea), and hope to have a comprehensive agreement with the North on the matter,” per Reuters. And in a level of cooperation thought impossible only months ago, Im said a direct phone line between Kim and Moon could be set up by Friday. (Read more South Korea stories.)

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