On April 27, Kim Jong-un crossed the south side of the DMZ for a meeting with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for conversation about making peace, making history as the first time a North Korean leader had ever set foot in the South, each leader crossed the border into the other man’s country. They headed down a red carpet to have a meeting in Panmunjom.
The conversation was very public, on the end of a blue bridge with journalist cameras in their full view, Kim and Moon were in deep conversation, talking alone without their aids for 30 minutes.
Summit meetings are typically held inside, behind closed doors with details being filtered through political statements, which wasn’t the case this time. Later in the day, the meeting got more intimate with only three North Koreans and three South Koreans.
Later on in the day, Moon and Kim replanted a tree with the soil from both North and South Korea, a symbol of peace and prosperity.
While the two leaders met, they agreed to work to move towards the goal of removing all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula. Not only that but they want to talk to the United States to declare a official ending of the Korean War. Both of the leaders vouched to negotiate a peace treaty so they can end the division between the two countries.
“If all North and South Koreans can travel freely on the path I took today, if Panmunjom becomes a symbol of peace, not of painful division, the two Koreas with their one blood, one language, one history and one culture will prosper for thousands of generations,” said Moon according to The New York Times.
“I think having both the North and South Korean leaders will lead to less conflict between [the] two, so hopefully the threats of nuclear war will end and in theory lead to peace,.” said August Delicath, freshman.
The Trump administration has tightened sanctions with North Korea with the help of China to stop the aggression and the nuclear war threats. It is mindful that the North has failed to deliver on its promises in the past.