Inter-Korean Summit: the handshake between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in
North and South Korea's commitment to denuclearization and peace
The meeting between the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the South Korean president Moon Jae-in will make world diplomacy history as one of the most relevant and maybe unexpected events.
The event took place today at 9:30 local time (2:30 am in Italy) on the symbolic military boundary line that separates North Korea from the South.
At the end of a long closed meeting in the Peace House in Panmunjom (South Korea) a joint press release has been issued, declaring the intention to "denuclearization and peace". The two leaders would have decided to start the procedures to make the Korean peninsula a nuclear-free area. The peace treaty for the end of the Korean War (1950-1953) has been therefore planned for 2018, 65 years after the armistice signed by the military authorities together with the United States and China (at that time South Korean government did not sign, making pressure on Americans to keep the conflict going on). As Kim and Moon explained: "We agree to actively promote trilateral meetings between the two Koreas and the US or quadrilateral meetings between the two Koreas, USA and China, with the aim of declaring the end of the war and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime". While a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is expected for the May-June time period, the White House, absent but careful observer of the agreement, has sent its best wishes for a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean peninsula.
According to what was decided during the historic inter-Korean summit, further meetings are planned between the two leaders. In fact, Moon will travel to Pyongyang in Autumn and constant telephone contact will be initiated and maintained between the two men. All hostile propaganda activities, such as those carried out by the South Korea using loudspeakers in the border areas, will be permanently suspended. New solutions will be found to solve the delicate humanitarian problems with the common goal of "prosperity" shared through a commitment that will be as self-sufficient as possible. Intended above all to start reunification programs for families separated by the war between the North and the South, the Koreas will take the necessary measures to ensure the exchange of common projects, eliminating military tension through constructive talks and completing the railway corridor between Seoul and the North Korean city of Sinuiju.
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