North Korea initially opposed such a process, saying the nuclear dispute was a purely bilateral issue between them and the United States. However, under pressure from its neighbors and with the active participation of China, North Korea agreed to preliminary tripartite talks with China and the United States in Beijing in April 2003. To support reconciliation, the United States can help facilitate the conclusion of new peace agreements. The current agreement includes the 1953 Armistice Agreement and the commissions that accompany it – the Military Armistice Commission and the Neutral Nations Oversight Commission – that oversee the armistice. As the rapprochement grows, the symbolism of replacing a Korean War agreement becomes irresistible. .