Korean Peninsular: All Eyes On Pyongyang, Seoul!
The April 27, 2018 summit could result in the signing of a peace treaty to end 65 years of armistice.
Expectations are high as leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK (North Korea) and South Korea, prepare to meet on April 27, 2018. The historic summit will hold in the truce border village of Panmunjom located in the demilitarized zone between the two nations. It is the first time since October 2007 when President Roh Moo-hyun met Kim's father, Kim Jong Il.
There is heightened hope that the meeting could see the signing of a peace treaty between DPRK strongman Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to formally end 65 years of the armistice that temporarily ended the 1950-1953 Korean War.
The summit could also pave the way for broader multi-party talks in the region. “If everything goes smoothly, there will be followup rounds of summits,” predicted Cheng Xiaohe, Associate Professor at Renmin University’s School of International Studies, Beijing, China.
Last January, DPRK unexpectedly resumed communication with South Korea and agreed to talks. It later sent a team to South Korea’s Winter Olympics in February. Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, joined the Pyongyang delegation to the games, becoming the first member of her family to step onto South Korean soil since the Korean War in the 1950s. All these moves are in sharp contrast to 2017 when the peninsula appeared to be rolling towards inevitable open conflict between DPRK and the US.
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