May 28, 2023

Can a peace treaty end the Korean War? It’s complicated

China and U.S. both mentioning it, but elusive official end to the war remains unlikely short term

When information regarding the U.S.-North Korea diplomatic overtures from the end of 2015 was publicly revealed, perhaps the most startling aspect was that the possibility of a peace treaty officially ending the Korean War was mentioned.

The initiative failed, of course, as the U.S. refused to pursue such a treaty as long as North refused to consider abandoning its nuclear program. But calls for such a treaty have persisted.