Wednesday, July 28, 2010

U.S. should quickly respond to DPRK peace proposal: newspaper

U.S. should quickly respond to DPRK peace proposal: newspaper

PYONGYANG, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) newspaper urged the United States Tuesday to quickly respond to the DPRK's proposal of signing a new peace agreement to replace the current Armistice Agreement.

Although the war was temporarily halted by the Armistice Agreement, signed 57 years ago, complete peace had not been achieved and tensions had not been alleviated, a commentary in the Minju Choson said.

It said the Armistice Agreement must be abandoned and a peace agreement signed in order to thoroughly prevent war.

The commentary also said the peace of the Korean Peninsula was closely related to the U.S. position.

To put the process of denuclearization on the agenda, the DPRK and U.S. should build mutual trust and sign a peace agreement, which was good for the peace and stability of Northeast Asia and the world, the newspaper said.

The commentary said the DPRK would continue to make efforts to prevent war from breaking out again and safeguard the peace of the peninsula.

The Armistice Agreement was signed at Panmunjom on July 27, 1953.

*Url: http://news. xinhuanet. com/english2010/ world/2010- 07/27/c_13417388 .htm