South Korea's Kim Issues a Treaty Plea

Marking the 51st anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, South Korean President Kim Dae Jung said Monday that his country and North Korea should sign a peace treaty to formally end the conflict.

The two Koreas remain in a state of conflict because their 1950-53 war ended in an uneasy armistice. Their border is the world's most heavily armed, with about 700,000 troops posted on each side.

"This peace treaty, to be signed by the two Korean states, should be endorsed by the two major participants in the Korean War--the United States and China," Kim said at a luncheon with veterans.

In Communist North Korea, thousands of citizens held an anti-U.S. rally in the capital, Pyongyang, the North's official news agency said.

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