North Korea has reacted to President Moon Jae-in's proposal for an end of war declaration, saying it's too early to consider such a step.
For more, we have our North Korean affairs correspondent, Kim Dami, on the line.
Dami, tell us more.
Mok-yeon, North Korea has rejected President Moon's recent proposal to declare a formal end to the 1950-1953 Korean War, calling any such action "premature."
The regime's Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae-song said this in a statement issued by the North's state media Friday, arguing a declaration would be meaningless as long as Washington's "hostile policy" toward the North remains unchanged.
He then pointed out the withdrawal of the U.S. policy is a top priority for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
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 went from hot to cold in 1953 with an armistice agreement.
Ri's statement also called it a double standard that Pyeongyang's move to strengthen its defensive power is viewed as a provocation, while Washington's move are seen as shoring up deterrence.
But the statement did leave some room for compromise.
Ri said an end of war declaration is an issue that should be addressed to foster a system that could guarantee peace in the future.
That's all I have for now.
Back to you, Mok-yeon.