“The order, timing, and conditions may be different” when asked about the end of the war, US security adviser


Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Adviser. photo AP news
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on the 26th (local time) that the US may have different views on the order, timing and conditions of the government’s end-of-war declaration. Although the government is strongly pushing for a declaration of an end to the Korean War after a series of discussions with the United States, it has effectively confirmed that the United States has no intention of responding immediately.

When asked about the U.S. position on the end of the war, Sullivan said at a briefing at the White House that day, “We may have slightly different views on the exact sequencing, timing, and conditions of each phase.” However, he added, “We are fundamentally in agreement (with the South Korean side) on key strategic initiatives, and we also share the belief that effective progress can only be made through diplomacy.” Regarding the recent negotiations between the chief representatives of North Korea and the US in Washington and Seoul, he evaluated that it was “very productive and constructive”.

The State Department’s special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, met with Roh Kyu-duk, head of the Korean Peninsula Peace Relations Headquarters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Washington early last week, and then moved to Seoul to continue further discussions. At a brief press conference after the meeting, Kim said, “I look forward to continuing cooperation to explore various ideas and initiatives, including the proposal for an end-of-war declaration in Korea.” It seems to continue to send a principled message that ‘there is a will to continue the discussion’ without making any remarks in support of the declaration of an end to the war.

However, the Joe Biden administration is said to be maintaining a cautious stance internally, fearing the ripple effect of the end-of-war declaration. The White House and State Department legal teams are closely reviewing the details of the end-of-war declaration. Contrary to the explanation of government officials that “the declaration of an end to the war is a symbolic and political declaration that is not legally bound,” they believe that the declaration of an end to the war could lead to a situation that could shake the current security landscape, such as the dissolution of the UN Command and the demand for the withdrawal of US forces from Korea. Sullivan, who visited the US on the 12th, also had a meeting with Blue House National Security Office Director Suh Hoon, who heard detailed explanations about the government’s plan to declare an end to the war, but did not give a specific response. In the end, the United States is expected to continue the movement to urge the ‘resumption of dialogue without conditions’ with North Korea without extinguishing the flames of discussion on ways to resume dialogue between the US and North Korea, including a declaration of an end to the war and humanitarian aid to North Korea. It is pointed out that it will be difficult to expect substantial progress in the discussion of the end of the war unless North Korea responds. Washington = Correspondent Lee Jeong-eun [email protected] Go to reporter page>

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