Why an end-of-war declaration with North Korea may not lead to peace
Only a peace treaty can end a war, but even that isn’t enough to guarantee the cessation of hostilities
With less than half a year left in office, the Moon Jae-in government is in a hurry to sign an end-of-war (EOW) declaration with North Korea in the hopes of setting up a permanent foundation for a peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula.
It’s important to establish what an EOW declaration is and is not. Perhaps counterintuitively, there is little precedent for an EOW declaration actually ending a conflict: Formal peace treaties between two or more states are what have historically ended wars.
A peace treaty with North Korea would be a difficult and
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