In an unprecedented announcement, the leaders of North and South Korea have pledged to take a path to peace – and a nuclear free Korean peninsula.
Thursday evening, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into the South, to meet with President Moon Jae-in, an act not seen in over 50 years, before the Korean War broke out.
The two leaders appear to be having friendly negotiations, despite years of high tensions over the North’s nuclear program. While North Korea has made promises to end their rogue activities before, there is hope that Kim Jong Un’s recent change of heart is sincere, as his country struggles to feed its people and trade with other nations, thanks to UN sanctions.
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In a dramatic early Friday announcement, North and South Korean leaders agreed to a framework that could finally bring peace to the peninsula and potentially end decades of tension between the Hermit Kingdom and the global community.
The joint announcement that both sides will work toward a “nuclear-free Korean Peninsula” and try to officially end the Korean War came after a historic meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — who, fewer than four months ago, threatened the United States with nuclear weapons.
But the same Kim Jong Un who declared in a stark New Year’s address that a nuclear launch button is “always on my table” continued his recent — and surprising — push for peace during his meeting with Moon.
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While it was not immediately clear what concrete steps the countries would take to achieve the lofty goals set forth Friday, both nations agreed to hold further high-level talks and other negotiations, including a push for joint talks with the U.S. and also potentially China.
The Koreas, which have technically remained at war since the 1950-1953 Korean War was only stopped via an armistice, have agreed to stop all hostile acts over “land, sea and air” that can cause military tensions and clashes.
The two leaders announced that starting May 1, all loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts that have been blaring at each other across their heavily-armed border will be suspended. They will also dismantle broadcasting equipment and stop flying propaganda leaflets across their border.
Earlier Friday, Kim told Moon that he feels like he’s “firing a flare at the starting line in the moment of [the two Koreas], writing a new history in North-South relations, peace and prosperity.”
Kim also promised Moon he “won’t interrupt” his “early morning sleep anymore,” a somewhat joking reference to North Korea’s troubling intercontinental ballistic missile tests, South Korea said.
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