In a speech last week to the New York-based Korean Society, Korea President Moon Jae-In urged a formal end to the Korean war and said it was the best path forward for peace on the Korean Peninsula and nuclear de-escalation in the region. The war, while fought between 1950 and 1953, was halted only through an armistice and never through a formal resolution.

In September, Moon proposed to the United Nation’s General Assembly that the two Koreas, the United States and China should agree to an end-of-war declaration to “pave the way to peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

“I hope that our two countries work toward the end-of-war declaration and draw active participation from the international community in this regard,” he told the Korea Society.  “When we not only deter war but also actively create and institutionalize peace, our alliance will be even greater.”

Moon said the move would also help strengthen the Korean-U.S. alliance, which he described as “in a new evolutionary stage,” as both countries fight the coronavirus pandemic in addition to regional and global issues.

“It is high time for the ROK-U.S. alliance to demonstrate its power once again,” Moon said, and referred to President Donald Trump’s invitation of him to attend the G-7 summit. “I take it as America’s call on Korea to assume responsibility and a role commensurate with its international stature based on deep mutual trust between our two countries.”

“The war must end, completely and for good,” Moon told the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “I hope that the UN and the international community provide support so that we can advance into an era of reconciliation and prosperity.”