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North and South Korea to Discuss Ending Korean War in Upcoming Summit

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Audio Transcript: Lee_KoreaPeaceTreaty_180423

By Jonathan Lee SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — A 65-year-long war could come to an end in the upcoming week.

South Korea government has announced plans to discuss officially ending the Korean War in the upcoming leaders’ summit this Friday between South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un. Technically still at war, the two nations never signed a peace treaty to replace the armistice that put the Korean War on pause in 1953.

North and South Korea had small conflicts and tensions over the last several decades, notably the sinking of ROKS Cheonan and the bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea, mounting the hostility between the two nations. South Koreans such as Joosung Lee, a student at Syracuse University, hopes ending the war would mean ending this hostility.

“Ending the war would mean there is no more reason to hate each other,” he said.

Joosung Lee is one of the few dozen South Korean students at Syracuse University.

Lee believes the end to the war would mean a beneficial change to both sides and the surrounding nations as well.

“There should be a change for economic and political ways–not only in Korea but in China, America and Japan.”

Lee said being able to trade with North Korea would prove beneficial to the economy, mentioning that North Korea has resources that South Korea can utilize with advanced technologies.

Lee also mentioned that his grandfather, who had his family separated during the war, was one of the reasons why he began studying North and South Korean politics to one day hope for a reunification.

“My grandfather has a family in North Korea. He wants to meet his family. He hasn’t seen them for 80 years,” he said.

The end to hostility could mean the disappearance of the DMZ, a heavily fortified 2.5-mile stretch of land separating the two nations known as the De-Militarized Zone. The two nations will also discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The summit will be held on April 27 at the border truce village of Panmunjom that sits on top of the Military Demarcation Line at Joint Security Area (JSA).