Peace treaty with N. Korea possible after denuclearization: Seoul

TOKYO, South Korea and the US may seek to sign a peace treaty with North Korea when and if it completely gives up its nuclear ambitions, Seoul’s top security adviser said Wednesday, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office, said the allies are considering various ways to reward the North following its denuclearization.

Seoul and Washington are holding “in-depth discussions on various ways to successfully hold the South-North Korea summit and the North Korea-US summit that will be held shortly thereafter,” Chung was quoted as telling reporters.

“For instance, we are discussing how we could remove the (security) concerns held by North Korea. We have also held in-depth discussions on how we could guarantee the North’s bright future should the North make the right decision,” he added.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet next Friday for what will be a third inter-Korean summit. US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet Kim in May or early June. Chung’s remarks came shortly after the US president said those discussing an end to the Korean War would “certainly have my blessing.” While meeting Chung in Pyongyang on March 5, the North Korean leader said his country may give up its nuclear arsenal in exchange for a security guarantee.

Chung said Moon and Trump may meet following their separate summits with Kim to discuss a possible peace treaty with North Korea. “We are also exchanging our views on the possibility of holding a South Korea-US summit, as well as a three-way summit of South Korea, North Korea and the U.S. to successfully achieve such goals,” he said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency