Not Worth the Paper it is Written On

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published four books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                         There is much talk right now about an inter-Korean summit which so many
people believe will end in a Peace Treaty being signed, or an agreement to ban hostilities between
the two Koreas. Before people get euphoric and think that there will be peace in our time, we should
look at the historical circumstances between the Armistice that was signed in 1953. One important
thing to remember is that South Korea did not sign the Armistice. Those who did were the United
States (representing the United Nations Command), China and North Korea. Since South Korea did
not sign the Armistice, it therefore cannot negotiate any peace treaty or a ban of hostilities between
it and North Korea. Only the United States, the United Nations, China and North Korea can do that, 
and it is doubtful that the United States would want to negotiate or accept a peace treaty or a ban
of hostilities it was not consulted about. More than that, a ban of hostilities agreement without
complete denuclearization of North Korea would be worthless and in fact play into the hands of
North Korea and China. Such an agreement would mean that if the United States were to do 
something “hostile” towards North Korea then the North Koreans could claim that the agreement
was broken by the Americans and therefore they do not have to abide by it. Such a thing would play 
play into the hands of North Korea and China and would make America or even South Korea look
bad. The main problem again as I have said is North Korea and its ally China. North Korea still
maintains a sizable military, a chemical, biological and nuclear weapons program, and has
committed wanton aggression against South Korea and even the United States forces stationed in
South Korea. We must also remember that North Korea has kidnapped and has held thousands
of South Koreans over the decades. Will the inter-Korean summit deal with that? Any agreement with 
North Korea that does not take any of this into account will simply be an agreement not worth the
paper it is written on.