North Korea demands peace treaty with U.S.

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6),…

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), center, the Republic of Korea Navy guided-missile destroyer Sejong the Great (DDG 991), left, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108) and other ships assigned to the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Specialist Class Shawn J. Stewart/Released)

North Korea demanded Wednesday that the United States sign a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War, as a senior North Korean diplomat visited New York to negotiate ways to restart six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.

In an editorial marking the 58th anniversary of an armistice that ended the 1950-53 war, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency insisted a peace treaty could go a long way toward resolving a deadlock over Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

North Korea has long called for a peace treaty with the United States. The armistice left the Korean peninsula in a technical state of war. Its latest push comes as North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan makes a fresh attempt to reopen six-nation talks that were last held in December 2008.

Source: Sam Kim for the Associated Press.

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