The CBC is reporting today that North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesmen are calling for a formal Peace Treaty with the United States to replace the Armistice agreement that ended the Korean War.
I’m not sure of the details of how the Korean War ended… I was under the impression that it was actually one of the first UN mandated interventions and the Armistice was signed between the Koreans, US and UN. But I could be wrong there.
At any rate, it seems that the Koreans are opening doors to resolve the issues of the Nuclear Peninsula. I think diplomats need to jump at this chance to move the Korean peninsula towards a lasting peace treaty. While the North Koreans have proven themselves to be less than predictable, having a signed peace treaty could act as nice leverage to keep the North from pursuing a more aggressive stance.
The DMZ between the Koreans is currently one of the most heavily armed zones in the world… and both Seoul and Pyongyang have major bullseyes painted on them. A peace treaty could be the first step in standing down some of those millions of men. It would also give the US an out to reposition the thousands of troops (2 divisions I think?) currently in and around the Korean peninsula and send them to more pressing engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And heck… if the North Koreans are true to their word, and with a Peace Treaty and resumption of talks, they agree to totally disarm and dismantle their nuclear program than we would be fools to oppose it.