South Korea Warns North on Armistice Threat
Pyongyang – South Korea says North Korea cannot scrap the armistice that ended the Korean War and called on Pyongyang to tone down its rhetoric. A unilateral move to end the pact was not legally possible, it said. As well as the armistice threat North Korea has in recent days also cut off a hotline and vowed to end non-aggressions pacts with Seoul.
It says it is responding to US-South Korea military drills and new sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test. The two Koreas remain technically at war because the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a treaty. North Korea has declared that armistice “invalid”, but South Korea said a one-sided declaration was insufficient.
“Unilateral abrogation or termination of the armistice agreement is not allowed under its regulations or according to international law,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai-Young said. Seoul would “absolutely keep the armistice agreement as well as strengthen consultation and cooperation with the United States and China, who are also concerned parties of the armistice”, he said.
“We demand North Korea withdraw remarks threatening stability and peace on the Korean peninsula and in the region,” the spokesman added. This is not the first time North Korea has said it was withdrawing from the armistice. It also issued a similar threat after its nuclear test in 2009, for example. (BBC)