North Korea is calling for a peace treaty with the United States as one of its senior diplomats visits New York to try to restart six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said on Wednesday that a peace treaty officially ending the Korean War could go a long way toward resolving a deadlock over Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Wednesday is the 58th anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War.
North Korea and China had been fighting against South Korea, the United States and UN forces.
Pyongyang has long called for a peace treaty with Washington. But its latest push comes as vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan is in New York.