On Friday, April 27, history was made in Korea. Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader since 1953 to set foot in South Korea.
Now, Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s leader, Moon Jae-in, are in a series of meetings regarding peace between their countries. CBS News noted that this is the first time that a North Korean has crossed to the southern side of the DMZ since the Korean War technically ended in 1953.
After the initial meeting took place early on Friday morning, reports are emerging about how it is going so far. According to BBC, the initial moments between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in were a promising indicator of what can take place.
The two met at the border and immediately shook hands. Kim Jong Un called it the “starting point” for peace. CNN also reported on the very first words that were exchanged between the leaders.
Kim said, “I’m glad to see you. I’m so glad.” Moon then asked if there was any trouble in the arrival.
After exchanging other niceties, Kim said, “I’m so filled with excitement because of the meeting at this historic site. And I was truly moved that you have come all the way to receive me at the Military Demarcation Line at Panmunjom.”
Moon replied, “It was your bold and courageous decision that has allowed us to come this far.”
The meetings will consist of several different topics that concern both countries, including nuclear technology, economics, and plans moving forward with separated families.
Before the meetings, Kim said, “I feel that [we] have fired a flare at the starting point…the moment of writing a new history vis-à-vis peace, prosperity and North-South relations.”
He also wrote in a guestbook, “A new history begins now.”
Because of the historic meeting, many people are claiming that President Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. President Trump was the one that has been challenging Kim Jong Un over the last several months and has been advocating for North Korea to participate in denuclearization.
We will continue to update as information about the meetings is revealed. What do you think about this historic meeting? Let us know your thoughts! In other recent news, a huge honor was just made for adventure legend Steve Irwin.