Today marked the first ever time a North Korean leader ever visited South Korea.
On Friday morning, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un made history when he went to South Korea for talks with Moon Jae-in, president of South Korea. This meeting meant crossing over a border that has kept North and South Korea divided for 65 years. The two shook hands and even hugged.
Throughout their day of discussion, they signed a joint statement saying they will work toward a goal to denuclearize their peninsula, and Kim claims he plans to quit his nuclear program. The three-page statement, the “Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification on the Korean Peninsula,” hopes to end the ongoing conflicts between North and South Korea and bring an official end to the Korean War.
The Panmunjom Declaration was named after the “truce village” located on the dividing border. The meeting took place at the Peace House, which is a building on the South’s side of Panmunjom. In the document, both countries agreed “to actively seek the support and cooperation of the international community.” Kim and Moon also agreed to open a liaison office in Kaesong, a North Korean border town.
“When you crossed the military border for the first time, Panmunjom became a symbol of peace, not a symbol of division,” Moon told Kim.
Trump tweeted early Friday that “Good things are happening, but only time will tell!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018
However, the agreement called for a “nuclear-free Korean Peninsula,” which could cause more tension between North Korea and the US, since this phrase might mean South Korea won’t have nuclear weapons, either. Trump has long been pushing tight sanctions on the North for fear of an attack against the US or allies.
“We will work to make sure that the agreement bears good results by closely communicating to ensure that the failure to implement North-South agreements in the past will not be repeated,” Kim said to the press after signing the agreement.
“The road I have used today, I sincerely hope every South and North Korean citizen can use this road,” Kim said earlier today. “We will be able to enjoy peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula without having to fear the war.”
As for next steps in improving North and South relations, Moon says he may visit Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city, in the fall.
Jumpstart a career doing something you are passionate about with one of College Media Network’s courses. Read about our current offerings, schedule and unique virtual learning environment here.
Meet the Progressive Rugby Player and Veteran Taking on the Democratic Party Establishment in New York City
Queens veteran and rugby player taking on the Democratic Party establishment.
This Progressive Truck Driver is Challenging a Democratic Incumbent in Washington State
This young working class truck driver is taking on the Democratic Party establishment in Olympia, Washington.
The State of Maine Will Use Ranked-Choice Voting for Future Presidential Elections
The Pine Tree State progresses towards more electoral reform.
Former Catholic High School Principal in California Alleges Job Firing Because He is Gay
The fight continues for the LGBTQIA+ community in the classrooms of private education.
California Will Offer Tuition-Free Community College for In-State Residents
The Golden States moves towards affordable access for higher education.
Illinois Will Now Mandate LGBTQIA+ History Curriculum to be Taught in Public schools
The land of Lincoln is becoming more inclusive in its curriculum.
U.S. Teen Birth Rate Starting to Decline Nationwide
As the country's birth rate stagnates or declines, so does teen birth rates.