Friday, November 02, 2007

[ News, Nation, October 29 2007] Roh won't pursue declaration to end Korean War while in office: spokesman

President Roh Moo-hyun will not push the process to declare an official end of the 1950-53 Korean War before his term finishes next February due to lack of time, Roh's spokesman Cheon Ho-seon said Monday (Oct. 29).

Cheon's remark came amid speculation that Roh may drive to hold summit talks with the U.S., China and North Korea before his retirement to declare the end of the Korean War and establish a new peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

With the declaration closely linked to North Korea's denuclearization process, some local media suggested that Roh would hastily seek the launch of four-nation talks on declaring the end of the Korean War before next February.

"The declaration of the end of the Korean War by the leaders of the four concerned nations is not possible while Roh is in office.

For that reason, Roh is not willing to push for the four-way summit before he leaves office," said Cheon in his daily media briefing.

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