The Korean peninsula is seeing a sleuth of moves that aim towards the stabilization of the region that will end a more than 60 year division and war.
The leaders of both South and North Korea, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un signed a historic declaration on Friday 27 of April 2018 that pledges “no more war” and the common goal of the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.
Furthermore, both leaders vowed to “end all hostilities” and to make the “Demilitarized Zone into a peaceful region”.
This meeting between the two leaders is the foundation for the eventual meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump President of the US.
During the year North Korea and the US have traded harsh statements and made threats with nuclear weapons as if they are toys. Nonetheless it appears that it was just a war of words and nothing more.
Of course the North Korean leader first visited China, first in secret that later was announced amidst fanfares in order to have the concessions of its most important ally and economic backer in the region and probably in the world.
The two Korean leaders after having a break for lunch then rejoined and planted a tree in a sign of good will and then took a stroll through the village of Panmunjom without their aides.
The North Korean leader also made a light joke about his missile launches saying to Moon: “I was told that you used to be unable to get a good night’s sleep, being awakened…. to attend the National Security Council meetings because of us.” and later he added “I’ll make sure that you can sleep soundly.”
In another instance Kim said to Moon: “I came here to put an end to the history of confrontation as well as to work shoulder to shoulder with you to tackle the obstacles between us. I came to with a confidence that a brighter future awaits us.”
Alongside Kim in the negotiating table there was his sister Kim Yo Jong and the former intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, who is the top official in charge of relations with South Korea.