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Two Koreas, U.S., China should co-sign Korean Peninsula peace treaty: expert

2018/07/12 16:21

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SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean expert on national security said Thursday that China, as well as the United States, should be a co-signatory to a peace treaty on the Korean Peninsula.

Cho Seong-ryeol, chief of research for the state-run Institute for National Security Strategy, said at a policy forum in Seoul that the proposed Korean Peninsula peace treaty has to be co-signed by all four pertinent countries -- South Korea, North Korea, the U.S. and China.

With regard to the method of signing the peace treaty, Cho said, "It is desirable that the Korean Peninsula peace treaty be co-signed by all of the four countries, and two subsidiary treaties be signed between the two Koreas and between the North and the U.S., respectively."

   He called it a "4+2+2 method" of co-signing a peace treaty.

"Realistically, the 4+2+2 method is appropriate for the conclusion of the Korean Peninsula peace treaty, considering South Korea's status as the interested party, North Korea's demand for direct negotiations with the U.S., a U.S.-China agreement at a four-party dialogue in the 1990s and a South Korea-U.S. agreement in 2005," said the researcher.

He stated that the four nations should sign the umbrella and annex agreements on peace on the Korean Peninsula in close accordance with a denuclearization process.

"First of all, South and North Korea should sign a basic agreement. In the next stage, the Korean Peninsula peace treaty and an annex agreement between the North and the U.S. should be signed in line with the completion of the North's denuclearization," he said.

Cho then said the peace treaty should contain clauses that call for respecting each other's regime, banning any armed clash and hostilities on the peninsula, resolving any conflicts in a peaceful way and supporting independent and peaceful efforts for unification of the two Koreas.

ycm@yna.co.kr

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