Alwaght- North and South Korea are engaged in intensive talks aimed at reaching an agreement to announce a permanent end to the officially declared military conflict between the two countries began since 1950.
South Korean daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo on Tuesday cited an unnamed official in Seoul confirming that the talks are ongoing.
Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.
Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.
The agreement is expected to be reached ahead of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.
The armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, leaving South and North Korea technically in a state of war. North Korea and the United States are formally at war, as there was no peace treaty between them, and a cease-fire agreement in the DPRK has long been considered meaningless because of the military preparations of the US and South Korea.
North Koreans, however, believe that they defeated the United States in the Korean War 64 years ago and celebrate the day of the cease-fire on July 27 as a victorious day.