Peace in Our Time? North and South Korea Peace Looks Promising

Peace in Our Time? North and South Korea Peace Looks Promising

Dallas Mercurio '20, Arts and Entertainment Editor

On April 27, 2018, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in and supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un met in what is known as the Inter-Korean Summit Meeting to try to reach a peace treaty or agreement to an official end of  the Korean War. The Korean War was actively fought in 1950 to 1953, but since the Korean War armistice of 1953 the two countries have been in a stalemate situation, with a truce instead of a treaty and therefore no true peace.

These recent meetings were held at the ‘Peace House’ at Panmunjom. When Kim Jong-un stepped over the raised Military Demarcation Line, which separates the two countries, it was the first time that a North Korean leader had stepped foot in the South since the division of the two nations. This monumental meeting officially began the peace talks between the two. The peace talks went extremely well, with highlights such as both agreeing to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons, and pursue peace talks with the United States, hopefully resulting in an official end to the Korean War. The two leaders planted a pine tree together to symbolize new peace and prosperity they hope to find working together in the peace talks. In Korean culture, pine trees represent longevity and virtue.

President Donald J. Trump has also agreed to meet with the infamous Kim Jong-un. The two have a rocky history of aggressive tweets and threats of missiles. However, since North Korea released three American citizens it was detaining, relations between the two countries are looking more peaceful. On a negative note, the U.S.’s backing out of the Iran deal, a deal between Iran and United States allies the United Kingdom, France, and Germany that kept Iran from making nuclear weapons, might negatively influence the upcoming United States and North Korea meeting. According to experts, Kim Jong-un cares most about protecting his regime and keeping his power. Historically speaking, when other countries, such as Iran and Libya, gave up their nuclear weapons (as pressured by the United States), the regimes which did so, were disposed of—exactly what Kim Jong-un wants to avoid.

Hopefully the United States and North Korea peace talks pan out as swimmingly as the South Korea and North Korea peace talks went. It would be in no one’s best interest to have a nuclear war, and hopefully these world leaders recognize that fact as well.