《中英對照讀新聞》Moon hopes to declare end to Korean War this year; experts say not impossible 文在寅盼今年能宣布韓戰結束 專家說不是不可能
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he hopes to declare a formal end to the Korean War this year, and discussions are underway among the two Koreas and the US, but there are stumbling blocks along the way, according to experts.
Experts say declaring an end to the Korean War this year is not impossible. "It would be important to do so by the end of September, because that’s when both Trump and Kim have to show some political achievements to appeal to a domestic audience," said Hong Min, a researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification, pointing to Oct. 10, the founding day of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, and November, the US midterm elections.
Still, there are obstacles that could complicate the prospect. "First, there should be a progress in denuclearization talks between North Korea and the US. If there is such a progress, I think it is possible for a three-way meeting or a four-way meeting involving China to be held at the UN General Assembly in September," said Shin Beom-chul, researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
stumbling block：名詞，絆腳石、障礙（物）、困難。This is the major stumbling block to reaching a settlement.（這是問題無法解決的主要癥結。）
appeal：動詞，呼籲、訴諸、上（申）訴、吸引（使……感興趣）。The police are appealing to the public for any information about the missing boy.（警方正籲請社會大眾提供有關這名失蹤男童的任何訊息。）
prospect：名詞，（成功的）可能（性）、前景、展望、景致。There seems little prospect of an end to the dispute.（這場爭端似無平息的可能。）