Korea Summit: Is it the End or the Beginning of an Era?
Another incredible surprising twist in the relation between North and South Korea.
This week North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for talks on the southern side of Panmunjom, now known as the “truce village” on the shared border of the two countries. The meeting is the first between Korean leaders in more than a decade and the first summit of its kind for the dictator Kim Jong Un.
The two leaders declared intentions for a “permanent peace regime” by turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty this year. Their commitment to a nuclear-free peninsula was reiterated, but without specifying concrete steps towards that goal.
As you probably already know if you follow this site or The F Word Podcast, I am very skeptical when it comes to North Korea intentions in denuclearization. The meeting this week was not only a symbol of the recent dialogues to denuclearization on the peninsula but a more broad step towards the disarmament of the borders and possibly peace between the two countries.
That all may look insane at this point and if you think that, you are definitely not alone. You may understand why I am so cautious when it comes to North Korea if you remember that not over a year ago Kim Jong Un was testing nuclear missiles in international waters, testing missiles in the Japanese sea, successfully developing long-range missiles capable of reaching the US, exchanging threats and mean tweets with President Trump and finally commanding the assassination plot of his half-brother at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia using chemical weapon.
With all this recent antagonistic behavior, one must certainly not understand this sudden political change by North Korea. I certainly believe that the previous, almost childish behavior, was encouraged in response to a particular situation or stimulus, in particular, the deterrent effect of weapons of mass destruction in the peninsula caused very much by the presence of the United States in South Korea,
I am also certain that the true reason why North Korea is now trying to work on a peace treaty with the South is still to be brought to light. Many factors are involved, and I can only speculate at this time what music is playing in this Bonfire of the Vanities.
As Ben Shapiro said very humorously in his twitter: