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    South Korean President Moon Jae-in bids fairwell to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he leaves after their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, in this handout picture provided by the Presidential Blue House on May 26, 2018

    Seoul Hopes for Announcement of Formal End of Korean War in 2018

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    TOKYO (Sputnik) - The South Korean government has set a goal to achieve the formal end of the Korean War that took place in 1950-1953 before the end of the year, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Monday.

    "The goal of our government is to strive for [a formal end of the war] this year," Kang said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

    In April, Kim Jong-un held a historic summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and agreed to jointly work on peacefully resolving long-standing bilateral tensions.

    Recently Moon Jae-in expressed hope that the US-North Korean high-level summit will pave the wave for an "era of complete denuclearization" and peace in the region, after Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met on the Singaporean island of Sentosa and signed a document showing their commitment to establish new bilateral relations and build a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

     

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