Moon repeats call to formally end Korean War

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has reiterated his call for a declaration to formally end the Korean War and bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Moon said dialogue and cooperation were key to starting the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

Moon stressed that the 2018 inter-Korean summits were realized because he has pursued dialogue with the North since taking office in 2017.

He proposed that three parties of the two Koreas and the United States, or four parties including China, should jointly declare an end to the Korean War.

Moon stressed that the declaration should serve as a crucial starting point to create a new order of reconciliation and cooperation on the peninsula. The parties involved in the Korean War signed an armistice agreement on July 27, 1953, halting the hostilities, but the conflict was never officially ended.

This year marks 30 years since both Koreas joined the UN. Moon appears to be seeking the support of the international community for his efforts to achieve peace and stability on the peninsula during his tenure, which ends next May.

But North Korea has shown no willingness to engage in dialogue. It has repeatedly test-fired missiles this month and has condemned Moon for attending his nation's September 15 test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.