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North Korea needs to say sorry

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By Donald Kirk

Advocates of a "peace treaty" with North Korea believe, unanimously, that such a treaty would serve some real purpose other than provide the North with ammunition for withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea and closure of U.S. bases. The slightest scrutiny of history should make painfully clear that the North would violate the treaty whenever, however, it wished, but the treaty crowd talks as if North Korea would observe it without question. For sure, they believe, the Korean War would be over.

It would be pointless to argue that a war is over when the shooting has stopped and the line drawn between combatants as agreed on in the armistice signed at Panmunjeom on July 27, 1953. However, it should not be pointless, in the run-up to the 69th anniversary of the North Korean invasion on June 25, to note that the North has repeatedly said the armistice was no longer valid. North Korea, and its benefactor China, have long since refused to participate in meetings of the military armistice commission at Panmunjeom.

So why is it that advocates of a peace treaty persist in thinking that North Korea, for any........

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