North Wants Treaty To End Korean War

01.11.10 | FL News Team

(Seoul)  --  North Korea is calling for a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War.  The proposed treaty would replace a ceasefire that ended the fighting between North and South Korea in 1953 but technically kept the two nations in a state of war.

The North's KCNA news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesperson today as saying a peace treaty would be essential to building confidence between Pyongyang and the U.S.  The call for a treaty is seen as a move to resurrect six-party nuclear disarmament talks that the communist nation recently said it would return to after a yearlong boycott.

The North is expected to seek international aid and an end to UN sanctions as a condition for returning to the talks.  The U.S. has said it would only consider a treaty after North Korea abandons its nuclear program and begins addressing human rights concerns.