Report: Koreas Discuss Bringing Official End to 68-Year War

North and South Korea are mulling over putting an official end to the effective state of war that’s existed between them since 1950, according to South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo. The two nations have technically been at war for 68 years as no peace treaty was signed to replace a 1953 armistice. The report claims that, at next week’s summit between South Korea President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, the neighbors may release a joint statement saying they will bring an official end to the confrontation between their countries. A direct phone line between Moon and Kim may be connected by Friday, Moon’s chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, told a briefing Tuesday. “Ending the state of conflict is the core of the whole thing. Peace is as complicated as denuclearization,” said John Delury, an associate professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. “[But] there also has to be a process of actually delivering the peace.”