In 1953, an armistice brought hostilities to an end in a war internationally known as the Korean War and known in the DPRK as the Fatherland Liberation War. In spite of this, the war technically never ended because no treaty between the belligerent parties was ever signed. Today, with the governments in Seoul and Pyongyang reaching out to one another in order to de-escalate tensions and increase cultural exchange between a common Korean people on an artificially divided peninsula, the formal state of war is largely a formality, though a significant one.
The signing of a treaty between the DPRK head of state Kim Jong-un and South Korean head of state Moon Jae-in would be a powerful symbol of a permanent reconciliation that remains clouded by the formal state of war between the two Korean states. With Moon Jae-in scheduled to meet Kim Jong-un face to face in Pyongyang on the 27th of April, South Korean media are reporting that among the items on the agenda is the preparation of a treaty that when signed will formally end the state of war between Seoul and Pyongyang. Furthermore, related preparations will be made to turn the demilitarised zone (DMZ) which separates the two states into a normal border between neighbouring countries.
If such a move is on the table, it would represent the most meaningful trans-Korean step towards a permanent detente in history and most importantly, it would show the rest of the world that when acting pragmatically, the two Korean states are capable of solving their own crises without the overt need for external aid, let alone external meddling.