Recent Cooperation Between North and South Korea Inspires Talks for Peace

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Recent Cooperation Between North and South Korea Inspires Talks for Peace

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in walk hand-in-hand across the border between North and South Korea.

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in walk hand-in-hand across the border between North and South Korea.

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in walk hand-in-hand across the border between North and South Korea.

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in walk hand-in-hand across the border between North and South Korea.

Aislinn Connon, Editor-in-Chief

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The last week has brought on a rather sudden change of heart from the head of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Early morning April 27, in what is being called a “historic summit”, Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean leader to step into South Korea since the end of the Korean War back in 1953. Kim then took the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, by the hand and stepped back into North Korea.

This moment is considered by many to be the first sign of Korean cooperation and unity since they combined their teams back during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games. During the meeting that followed the symbolic move, Kim promised that he would be denuclearizing his country and would like to make deals with South Korea, the United States, and other nations to decrease the tension between them and lessen the chances of any aggression.

Kim also stated that he would like to formally end the Korean War with an official peace treaty and wishes to hold military talks throughout the month of May.

After a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 27, President Trump congratulated the leaders on their moves toward peace and said that “this is going to be a great thing for the world.”

Next week, China, Japan, and South Korea will hold a meeting to discuss North Korea and the denuclearization process.