How North and South Korea Are Changing History in a Short Amount of Time

Is the end of the Korean War finally near?

With the meeting of the two Korean presidents, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally beginning to show. Last night North Korean president Kim Jong Un stepped into South Korea for the anticipated summit meeting between the two leaders. This hasn’t been done since the 50s when then leader Kim Jong Il stepped over the border. Upon stepping over the small curb which separates the two countries, both leaders were greeted by two children who gave the leader flowers, as well as a parade of guards dressed in traditional Korean clothing.

A fence near the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, covered with ribbons calling for peace and reunification.

The two presidents signed vows to end the Korean war which never officially ended, but more stopped at a armistice. Before having the two leaders meet it was revealed that the anti-propoganda which South Korea had been playing on large speakers facing the north had been shut off. This meeting comes weeks before the United States president Donald Trump is set to meet with the North Korean leader over the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Talks from the summit included lowering the firing power as well as a stop to all nuclear tests in the North. Among all this also included the availability of letting U.S troops remain in South Korea which at first was not allowed.

Though there is a lot of good coming out of the Koreas at the moment, some can’t help but be weary of what’s happening. In a report posted to the CNN facebook page, comments included but were not limited to, “There’s something off about this,” and “He’s only doing it because he realizes that he doesn’t have the support to complete the job.”

The next step will be the meeting of the U.S president with Kim Jong Un to talk about the denuclearization of the country and hopefully from that the reunification of the two Korea’s. If this treaty goes through it will be a huge historical milestone that many thought would never happen. Along with the Koreas being one solid country. Families who got stuck in either the north or the south after the Korean war will finally be able to meet again. Not only will this be good politically, but economically Korea will be able to strive further than what they’ve done and expand. This of course, may lead to other local problems which includes the integration of two almost different cultures, but I’m sure it’s something that they will realize will help them.

Sources: CNN, Arirang news, SBS News, NY Times


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