History is being made on the Korean peninsula. Kim Jong-un, the dictatorial leader of North Korea, has crossed the border into South Korea for talks on denuclearizing the two countries. He is the first North Korean leader to have crossed the border since the beginning of the Korean War. And the talks seem to be going well.
“North and South Korea will seek a peace ‘regime’ to end the 68-year Korean War, their leaders announced today, after Kim Jong-un agreed to a ‘complete denuclearisation’ during historic talks,” The Daily Mail writes.
The two leaders met in the South Korean “truce village” of Panmunjom. President Moon Jae-in welcomed Kim Jong-un in the first diplomatic talks of this sort in 65 years.
These talks are historic, but they are also seen as a warm-up for further discussions between The United States and North Korea. President Trump is slated to meet with North Korean leaders in a few weeks.
Kim and Moon released a joint statement that declared “there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula.” This is expected to bring about an official end to the war, which began in 1950. Though the bulk of that conflict took place from 1950 to 1953, the tensions on the peninsula have remained high ever since.
President Moon boasted that the border between the two Koreas is “no longer a symbol of division but a symbol of peace.”
He then praised his North Korean counterpart. “I would like to pay tribute to the courageous decision made by you – you have made a bold and courageous decision, so why don’t we make the bold and courageous decision to amicably discuss peace, to once again give a great gift to the whole humankind by achieving peace.”
“We are going to be one again,” Kim said, “as we share the same history, the same language, the same culture, the same blood. We are going to happily look back at the hard times in the past when we achieve a new future. No pain, no gain. Let us go forward, step by step for the bright future together.”
Donald Trump tweeted this morning: “KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”
This new celebratory tweet is a step up from the cautious tone Trump used earlier in the week “After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!”