Premium Pyongyang calls for peace treaty signing ahead of the second summit with Trump

The North Korean press called, today, for the signing of the inter-Korean peace treaty, at a time when a top North Korean leader is expected in the United States in preparation for a second bilateral summit.

"Turning the Korean peninsula into a consistent peace zone is the basic way to start a golden age of peace, prosperity and reunification," the official North Korean journal, Rodong Sinmun, said in the editorial, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

The Korean War (1950-53), which had as its background the geopolitical dispute between the United States and the former Soviet Union, ended with the signing of an armistice and not a peace treaty, for that reason the two countries continue technically at war.

"It is only when we transform the peninsula into a zone of lasting and consistent peace that our people can enjoy a peaceful and stable life," he said.

The article is published shortly before the arrival of Kim Yong-chol in Washington, he was due to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in November, in New York.

Since the first summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June, 2018, in which the leaders agreed to work together to "completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula," little progress has been made.

The peace treaty, demanded by the North Korean leader to begin denuclearization, continues to depend on the "green light" of the United States, a country from which Pyongyang also expects "proportional measures" to move forward with the process.

North Korea continues to live under a strong regime of economic sanctions, approved by the UN Security Council, which has strangled the regime's economy.