North Korea has rejected President Moon's recent proposal to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, urging for Washington's withdrawal of its "hostile policy" toward the regime.
The North's Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae-song called such a declaration "premature" in a statement issued by the North's state media on Friday.
The rejection comes just a matter of days after President Moon proposed at the UN General Assembly that the two Koreas, the U.S., and possibly China declare an end to the war that technically is still going on following the armistice agreement in 1953.
But the statement did leave some room for compromise.
Ri said an end of war declaration is an issue that should be addressed at least once to foster a system that could guarantee peace in the future.
Observers note that the North is once again highlighting that practical action to support the declaration is necessary, by which it means the withdrawal of U.S. hostile policies.
Ri also took issue with Washington's test-firing of an ICBM in February and August as well as its recent decision to help build nuclear-powered submarines for Australia.
Experts point out that the North's comments are to make an excuse for its continuous missile development activities, which will be used to continue to put pressure on the U.S.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.