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The Handshake That Stopped The War Between North and South Korea

This symbolic moment occurred April 27, 2018, between North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.  They stood at the Military Demarcation Line, which divides their countries, in the truce village of Panmunjom and in with a handshake agreed to end the war between them.

Permanent peace was agreed along with the complete denuclearization of the divided peninsula

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in issued a declaration, “The common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.”

These two really showed the world a display of friendship, respect for one another.  They both have agreed to meet again and talk regularly over the phone as they hugged.

They also agreed that they would this year seek a permanent end to the Korean War, 65 years after the hostilities ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

This was a great day but was really unthinkable months ago when the North carried out missile launches and its sixth atomic blast.

The North Korean leader Kim said he was, “Filled with emotion” as he stepped over the concrete blocks into South Korea, making him the first leader to set foot there since the shooting had stopped in the Korean War in 1953.

“I came here determined to send a starting signal at the threshold of a new history,” said Kim

As this wasn’t the first try at peace, the two ensured they would not repeat the past.  Back in 2000 and 2007 even though the leaders displayed mutual respect and affection, nothing more came of it.

Last Friday, was a good day and showed the world that nuclear diplomacy can be achieved.  This is a good step as Kim is expected to meet with Donald Trump, the president of the United States.

Tension had been high between these two but they have been working together for a summit between Pyongyang and Washington.

The White House said,  “It hoped the summit would achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula.”

Weapons are Trump’s main concern and he wants the North to give them up

Washington is asking that it all be done in a complete, verifiable and irreversible way.

Pyongyang is asking for certain security guarantees in order to be able to discuss its arsenal.

Kim last month said, “The issue could be resolved, as long as Seoul and Washington, take progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace”.

History would say that North Korea would support denuclearization of the “Korean peninsula” was actually a way of saying they wanted the removal of U.S. troops from the South, this, of course, Washington did not support the end of its nuclear umbrella over its security ally.

But this week after the North and the South met, the energy was different, with having a symbolic tree planting on the demarcation line with soil that came from Mount Paektu, on the North’s border with China, and Mount Halla, on the South’s southern island of Jeju.

After signing the agreement the leaders and their wives attended a banquet before Kim returned to the North, with smiles from all.

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