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South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have met once again to talk about peace in the peninsula. The summit took place on May 26th between 6:00 – 8:00 PM GMT. Moon Jae-in’s office reported that both authorities exchanged opinions successfully but still have yet to make a decision on the North Korea-U.S. summit that is meant to take place in Singapore. This gathering between the Koreas came as a surprise to the world, seeing as the North leader had recently stated that he would not be attending anything with the United States. Trump, in response to this decision, wrote a letter to its leader, claiming that he would be cancelling the meeting due to Kim’s hostility.
Key points brought up in the summit between the two Koreas involved rewriting history through diplomacy, as well as global economic cooperation. Ever since nuclear tests began being conducted in North Korea, the nation has been heavily sanctioned at a global level. These sanctions gravely affected the prosperity and wealth of the country as a whole.
In response to South and North Korea’s face-to-face talk, the U.S. sent a team of officials to Singapore in order to prepare for the possibility of a summit on June 12th, which will decide and outline the conditions for a North Korean denuclearization as well as help come to peaceful terms with its neighbour – South Korea.
Both North Korea and the United States have very different definitions of denuclearization. The U.S. expects the other nation to slowly dismantle its nuclear weaponry, while third party international bodies are to be permitted to check-in and monitor this process. However, for North Korea denuclearization is something that must be reciprocated by the West as well. It has always felt a growing threat from the West and this reciprocation would reassure them of their safety and security.
Although the two countries evidently have very different conceptions of denuclearization, a summit, in which free dialogue is promoted through diplomatic means, is always encouraged in order to understand and sort out the differences. The very idea that North Korea had even considered this option in the first place is a tremendous step forward. It had always played the role of a rogue aggressor, but their initiative towards a possible Singapore meeting reflects hopes for its diplomacy as well as its rationality.