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N. Korean Defense Ministry Confirms End of Korean Armistice Agreement.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- North Korea's armed forces ministry confirmed Wednesday that it has canceled a 60-year-old armistice ending the Korean War.

"The armistice agreement is no longer valid and North Korea is not restrained by the North-South declaration on non-aggression," AFP quoted a ministry spokesperson as saying.

A statement quoted by KCNA news agency argued that the US and its "puppets" in Seoul were responsible for the real "warmongering," and that "what is left to be done now is an action of justice and merciless retaliation of the army and people" of North Korea.

The Korean Armistice Agreement is an agreement signed by US Army Lieutenant General William Harrison, Jr., representing the United Nations Command and North Korean General Nam Il, representing the North Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteer Army.1 The agreement was signed on July 27, 1953 and was designed to "insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved."2 No "final peaceful settlement" has been achieved yet as of 2013. The signed armistice restored the border between the two nations near the 38th parallel, created the Korean Demilitarized Zone, put into force a cease-fire, and finalized repatriation of prisoners of war.

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Date:Mar 13, 2013
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