After enduring a frozen and hostile relationship for decades, things have seemingly thawed a bit just recently between North and South Korea — or have they? That is the burning question of the moment.
The Winter Olympics in February of this year proved to be a turning point for the two countries. The huge sporting event took place in South Korea, and people from that country joined together with North Korea in the opening ceremony, a North-South women’s hockey game and other peaceful activities. Surely it wasn’t just the Olympics that brought about the improvement, but still, the event seemingly did help, possibly even quite significantly.
Soon after, the relations continued to improve, even after Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, acted extremely belligerent and aggressive toward South Korea for years. His father and other previous leaders also functioned the same way.
In May 2018, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for talks pertaining to nuclear weapons. A serious issue in recent times has been the denuclearization of North Korea.
At the event that was full of ceremony, Kim crossed over the border between the two countries and into South Korea to greet Moon. Then Kim symbolically crossed over the border back into North Korea with Moon. The two men then crossed back into South Korea, where they engaged in meetings. The two leaders shook hands, smiled and together made history.
The news agency that disseminates information from Kim said the leader would “open-heartedly” discuss with Moon “all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean peninsula.”
Indeed, the meeting was historic considering not just the recent past but going back many decades. The event marked the first time any North Korean leader from the Kim family, which has ruled the country with an iron fist for far too long, had crossed to the southern side of demilitarized zone since the Korean War’s ceasefire back in 1953.
More recently, just months ago, it seemed that a nuclear conflict was brewing between North Korea and its neighbor or other countries, as Kim was trading angry barbs back and forth with Trump and others. Kim was also posturing himself very aggressively and launching weapons tests to exert his authority.
North Korea claims it already has nuclear weapons. Whether it really does or not is not certain. But such weapons in the hands of volatile and highly unpredictable people like that could prove devastating to their neighbors and beyond.
Leaders and citizens around the world, including in the United States, are cautiously optimistic about the possibly improving relationship between North and South Korea. On the other hand, many are not fully trusting the intentions and agenda of Kim — and for good reason. Kim has been very vocal even just recently, such as in the months before the Olympics, about his hatred toward various countries, including the United States. It is wise to handle him with kid gloves and extreme caution until he proves himself to be someone who can be trusted and someone who truly desires peace and cooperation.
Coming up in the near future, President Trump is scheduled to meet with Kim. This comes after the trading of verbal attacks between Trump and Kim, including Trump’s infamous referring to Kim as “Rocket Man” because of his aspirations to attack various countries with his weapons.
So, will the relationship between Norea Korea and South Korea, as well as the interactions between North Korea and the United States, improve at all? What can we expect? When dealing with someone like Kim and his colleagues from North Korea, that question does not really have a definitive answer at this point. Given this, it’s wise to keep a close eye on the situation and hope for the best while being wise about the type of complex dynamics and people that are involved.
~ Conservative Zone