North and South Korea to announce end to 68-year war - report

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in will meet on April 27.
Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in will meet on April 27. Photo credit: Getty

North and South Korea are reportedly in talks to announce the end of their long-running military conflict.

South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reports that lawmakers from the neighbouring states are currently negotiating a joint statement that would officially put an end to the 68-year war. The paper cited an anonymous South Korean official.

The countries have technically been at war since 1950.

Their conflict ended in 1953 with a truce, rather than a peace treaty. Since then, tensions have occasionally resulted in violence but a full-scale military conflict has not broken out.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27 (local time).

According to Mr Moon's chief of staff, Mr Kim is expected to formally announce plans to begin denuclearising his country at the long-awaited summit.

He told South Korean envoys in March that he would be willing to give up nuclear weapons if his government's security was guaranteed and he no longer felt threatened by other world powers.

US President Donald Trump is also in talks to meet with Mr Kim if the initial Korean summit is a success.