>> North Korea wants complete denuclearization, says the South's President. Moon Jae-in said, Thursday that Pyongyang was attaching no conditions to the proposal and simply wants hostility against it to end along with a guarantee of security. Ditching nuclear weapons would meet a key US condition for a peace deal between the Koreas.
>> It would be a tremendous thing for North Korea.>> At the moment, North and South are discussing am agreement that could officially end their state of war, which is still technically ongoing since the Korean War in the 50s, never really ended. It was put on hold instead with the temporary armistice which left the peninsula divided.
That will likely be the main topic of discussion when Kim Jong-un meets Moon next week. But we have been here before, reports Reuters, Josh Smith.>> This is something that both Koreas have discussed in the past. They have even issued a joint agreements where they both declared their interest in ending the war officially.
However, in the past, those have fallen apart. So if the two Koreas do agree to something similar this time around, then many people will be watching to see how this is different from past attempts that have frankly gone nowhere.>> But what might actually replace the armistice is also in question.
No one's confirmed what a new agreement might look like, and it would have to be signed off by everyone involved in the previous one. That includes the US under the UN, and China, but not South Korea which never signed it in the first place. And that makes it that much harder for Seoul to push through a peace deal.
>> There are some people who are hoping that some kind of peace agreement could be worked out even short of any agreement over North Korea's nuclear program. Others, however, fear that that would basically allow North Korea to continue to possess those weapons long into the future.>> North Korea has previously demanded that US troops leave the Korean Peninsula, though experts say Kim Jong-un might be flexible on that.