Is Unity Between North and South Korea Possible?
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un may be on the verge of something none of us ever believed could happen in our lifetimes.
“If North Korea takes certain measures, the end-of-war declaration would be a political statement that would announce that the longstanding hostile relations between Pyongyang and Washington had ended,” Moon Jae-in said in a recent interview with the BBC.
If this were to happen, it would end decades of hostilities in the region. Just the idea of this even being a possibility is incredible.
Mere months ago President Trump and Kim Jong-Un were trading insults and people were speculating it could lead to war.
Now, Kim is on friendly terms with President Trump, and even just as importantly, we could be on the verge of unprecedented peace talks with South Korea.
Make no mistake about it: if President Trump somehow played a role in getting North and South Korea to the negotiating table and Kim disarms as part of an eventual deal, it would be an incredible accomplishment and put him in the history books. Admittedly there are still a lot of if’s.
Amazingly, it could even lead to the president along with Kim and Moon sharing the Nobel Peace Prize.
That said, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Others have tried to deal with North Korea and been led astray.
No reason to celebrate until we see what actually comes of this. But that doesn’t mean we cannot get excited about the possibility of some form of peace in that region.
The common belief was that short of nuclear war, there would never be a stop to tensions between North and South Korea. But now? Maybe there is real hope.
Michael Malice, author of the great book Dear Reader, who is an expert on North Korea thinks it is possible. “This is unprecedented,” said Malice to Breitbart News. “The Korean War isn’t over. There’s only an armistice. The North and the South are technically at war. It’s a very easy concession from both sides to sign a peace treaty, even though it doesn’t mean anything because they’re already effectively at peace. That would still be a big deal in terms of moving the world forward.”
So, a “peace treaty” would technically not mean anything because the war ended decades ago.
So, it is possible that even if a treaty is signed, it could all be smoke and no fire. But as a gesture and a way to move the peace process in the region forward? It could be an incredible sign of things to come.
Your enemies will always be your enemies if you are not willing to talk to them.
By agreeing to have these talks, we now have the first step we never thought we would see. Whether or not it results in a historic peace agreement remains to be seen. But for once, it seems like hope is legitimate, and that is a great thing.
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