Last Updated: Wed Jul 27, 2011 09:32 am (KSA) 06:32 am (GMT)

North Korea demands peace treaty with US over nuclear arms

North Korea's vice foreign minister Kim Kye-Gwan, who has said he was optimistic ties with Washington would improve as he arrived for rare talks with US officials.( File Photo)
North Korea's vice foreign minister Kim Kye-Gwan, who has said he was optimistic ties with Washington would improve as he arrived for rare talks with US officials.( File Photo)

North Korea is calling for a peace treaty with the United States as one of its senior diplomats visits New York to try to restart six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that a peace treaty officially ending the Korean War could go a long way toward resolving a deadlock over Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Wednesday is the 58th anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korea and China had been fighting against South Korea, the United States and United Nations forces.

Pyongyang has long called for a peace treaty with Washington. But its latest push comes as Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan is in New York.

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