Can the second Trump-Kim summit end the Korean War?

09-Feb-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has raised hopes for the longest ceasefire in history to be replaced by a peace treaty.

Seoul and Pyongyang remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice.

Stephen Biegun, the US special envoy for North Korea, said last week that Trump was “ready to end this war”, fuelling speculation that the formal end of the conflict may be near, with Trump and Kim meeting in Vietnam this month.

But analysts say a full peace treaty poses many complications, and will need extensive negotiations.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are due to meet in Vietman this month (AFP)

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are due to meet in Vietman this month (AFP)

What is the current situation?

The 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the tw