North, South Korea Agree to Formally End Korean War. What Happened?

Screenshot of Kim and Moon in preparation to sign the agreement

North and South Korea agreed to formally end the Korean War yesterday, sixty-five years after the conflict. They have also agreed to reunification,  and denuclearization of the peninsula, without any specifics on how they will accomplish it. Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in even met face to face alone for 30  minutes.

A Kim-Moon hand-holding moment at a farewell event for #InterKoreanSummit (Kim looks rather embarrased though…) pic.twitter.com/mI29sDcwhm

For months last year, Kim and President Trump bashed and threatened each other. When 2018 rolled around Kim’s rhetoric suddenly changed to a conciliatory tone. South Korea’s leader allowed North Korea to participate in the Olympics, and Kim’s sister enjoyed a rockstar status with the media during the events.

Kim wanted to meet with Trump in person. Trump accepted. Then he sent Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State to meet with him first. The rhetoric got even softer. Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s President has been a proponent of reunification since before he became their President.

The meeting that took place was only a one day summit. They planted a tree, the symbolism of unity. Then they each signed an agreement (without specifics) they are calling the Panmunjom Declaration.

Baekhyun’s collaboration with other artists “One Dream One Korea” was played after South Korea’s president and North Korea’s president signed the agreement pledging to end Korean War. pic.twitter.com/dQJ6EWhOEj

North and South Korea agree to goal of ‘complete denuclearisation’ of Korean peninsula and aim to establish permanent peace after 65 years. There is still much work to be done, but let’s all appreciate the significance of this historic milestone. pic.twitter.com/TfqgsScRjH

At times, Kim looked like he was about to throw up, but he quickly recovered to smile and shake hands with his South Korean counterpart. Kim was the first leader to set foot in the South since 1953. And Moon was the first to step into the North.

“President Moon briefly crossed over the MDL to the North. This was not a planned event.” SK Presidential Blue House statement

All parties are well aware that the whole thing rests on the details, and how to accomplish the final agreement. China and the United States both must be involved, as they were all involved in the war. The sticking points that have come up for the last 65 years are likely to come up again, but these are historic times, with historic consequences. Military Times stated that the agreements are not likely to affect the presence of US troops, at least at this time.

After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!

KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!

Please do not forget the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea. Without him it would have been a much longer, tougher, process!

Kim & Moon one-on-one date at Panmunjom #interkoreasummit pic.twitter.com/V9wW29Rb2E

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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