N.Korea, US still divided on armistice anniversary

N.Korea, US still divided on armistice anniversary

The United States and North Korea remain divided over denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula on Friday. The day marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice agreement for the Korean War.

The war began in 1950, when North Korea invaded the South. The armistice was reached on July 27th, 1953, to end hostilities. But the war is still legally not over.

In June of this year, the first-ever US-North Korea summit took place, nurturing a conciliatory atmosphere. But differences are emerging between the 2 countries.

North Korea insists that an end to the war be declared before a denuclearization process moves forward. But the US says the North must first take specific actions toward denuclearization.

Against this backdrop, North Korea is increasingly likely to return the remains of US service members who died in the war as early as Friday. Repatriation is one of the agreements struck at the summit.

Analysts believe Pyongyang is showing its willingness to implement the agreements in order to bring Washington to the negotiating table on declaring an end to the war.