Korean Peninsula: A Historic Summit

The Korean leaders meets in a historic summit. Photo: South Korean government website
The Korean leaders meets in a historic summit. Photo: South Korean government website

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have announced a new era of peace during a historic summit between the top leaders of the embattled countries.

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in a rare move, visited South Korea to join a summit that has been dubbed as a historic one with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in.

The top leaders’ summit was all about smiling and hugging for the camera between the leaders who later announced a Panmunjom declaration for peace and reconciliation between the belligerent nations.

At the outset of the summit, North Korean leader wrote in the guest book, “A new history begins now. The age of peace, at the starting point of history.”

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said: “It took a long time for the two Koreas to come together and to hold hands and we have long waited for this moment to happen, all of us.”

“As I stand here today I can see that South and North Koreans are the same people, they cannot be separated. We are compatriots… We should not be confronting each other, we are the same people and should live in unity. I hope we will be able to live very peacefully in the future, as soon as possible.”

The North leader promised to turn Panmunjom declaration into a permanent peace. Mr. Kim said, “we will adopt the Panmunjom declarations while the whole world is watching us. I believe the declaration…will never let us repeat our past mistakes.”

South Korean President Moon declared a new era of peace through a “precious agreement.” President Moon announced that “there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula.”

“Today Chairman Kim and I have decided that complete denuclearization will be achieved and that is our common goal,” he said.

Mr. Kim said he expects that the Koreas will eventually emerge as a united country one day. Mr. Kim said, “Panmunjom is a symbol of pain and suffering and division but it will turn into a symbol of peace. Using one language, one culture, one history South and North Korea will be reunited as one country, thus enjoying everlasting peace and prosperity.”

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