North and South Korea Meet, Officially Ending Korean War

April 28, 2018

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In a dramatic watershed moment, Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, walked across the border on Friday to meet with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. The two leaders then signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula, committing to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”.

The three-year war between North and South Korea ended in 1953 with an armistice though no formal peace treaty was signed and according to some opinion are still technically at war. The document signed on Friday called for the two countries to “actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid Peace regime on the Korean peninsula”. A timeline was established in which they agreed to sign a treaty by the end of the year to formally end the Korean War.

Kim Jong Un stepped over the demilitarized zone into South Korea and shook hands with the Soth Korean President. In a gesture that was not planned was an invitation by Kim Jong Un for PresidentMoon Jae-in to step into North Korea. After a moment’s hesitation, he did. In their first meeting in ten years, the two leaders embraced and planted a tree together in symbolic gestures. The meeting ended with a formal dinner. Another meeting has been scheduled in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, in the fall.

US President Trump expressed his pleasure with the meeting by posting twin tweets.


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