President Trump officially endorsed the end of the 68-year-long Korean War Tuesday, saying both nations have his “blessing” to proceed with negotiations that would forge a lasting peace on the peninsula for the first time since 1950.
The Commander-in-Chief was speaking with reporters in Florida when he was asked to weigh-in on multiple reports that North and South Korean officials were discussing a permanent “peace agreement” over the decades-long conflict.
Breaking News: President Donald J Trump says South Korea has plans to meet with North Korea to discuss ending the war.“They do have my blessing to discuss the end to the war.”
Posted by Fox News on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
“North Korea’s coming along. South Korea is meeting with North Korea to see if they can end the war, and they have my blessing on that,” said Trump.
“Without us they wouldn’t be discussing anything… They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war. People don’t realize the Korean War has not ended, it’s going on right now,” he added.
Watch the President’s remarks above.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The Moment North Korean Defector DASHES Across DMZ
It’s not uncommon for North Korean defectors to find their way into South Korea, but nearly all cases involve routing through China before heading towards the staunch US ally.
Current estimates say only four people have successfully crossed the DMZ in several years.
END OF AN ERA: North and South Korea to Announce OFFICIAL END of Korean War
North and South Korean officials are prepared to announce an official end to the decades long Korean War this week; ending a military conflict between the two nations that have technically been at war since 1950.
According to CNBC, North and South Korean authorities are in talks to end hostilities ahead of next week’s historic meeting between communist dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Lawmakers from the two countries are huddling in high-level talks to formalize a joint announcement officially ending the nearly 70-year conflict; discussing specific language that would end the “truce” that stopped the armed conflict and forge a lasting “peace treaty.”
“Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty. Geopolitical tensions have occasionally flared up since the armistice, although to date both countries have managed to avoid another devastating conflict,” writes CNBC.
The summit between Kim and Moon Jae-in will set the stage for the North Korean dictator’s meeting with President Trump next month; the first time the leaders of North Korea and the United States will meet face-to-face.