Kim Jong-Un, incumbent supreme leader of North Korea, has made a diplomatic mission to South Korea to engage in unheard of peace talks with South Korean President Moon Jae in.
This is so newsworthy because since the beginning of the Cold War following Japan's surrender to the allies in World War II, North and South Korea have been mortal enemies. Kim Il-Sung became supreme leader of Soviet-controlled North Korea, while Syngman Rhee, who was educated under anti-communist propoganda in the United States, became the first leader of South Korea under United States control.
It's a little past 7 am in #Seoul (and just past 6:30 am in #Pyongyang, which declared its own, separate timezone a few years ago), and the media frenzy is already well under way. The official feed: https://t.co/dHn65swczv #interKoreansummit #NorthKorea #SouthKorea #DMZ https://t.co/fIpSb8b1eq— Jean H. Lee (@newsjean) April 26, 2018
KCNA announces Kim Jong-Un’s departure for the #InterKoreanSummit saying their leader “will open-heartedly discuss with Moon Jae In all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.”— Laura Bicker (@BBCLBicker) April 26, 2018
The talk of peace and reunification is quite literally unheard of.
Moon Jae In and Kim Jong-Un hope to sign a treaty to formally bring the end of the Korean war. President Moon has a special connection to the Korean War--his parents having fled the North during the height of its destruction.
KCNA: "The north-south summit meeting and talks are to take place in the south side for the first time in the history of the nation's division. The respected Supreme Leader is to cross the demarcation line…to meet and have historical talks with President Moon Jae In."— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) April 26, 2018
KCNA: "After the north-south summit meeting and talks, Kim Jong Un will plant a memorial tree with Moon Jae In, make public the results of the historical Panmunjom talks and attend a dinner hosted by Moon Jae In before coming back to Pyongyang."— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) April 26, 2018
Kim Jong-Un was seen on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 in South Korea's peace house with president Moon, where he reportedly signed the guestbook.
Kim Jong Un signs the guestbook in Peace House. I’d love to know what he’s writing. Hopefully it will be released later— Siobhan Robbins Sky (@SiobhanRobbins) April 27, 2018
As talks of peace close in, it is fitting then that Kim Jong-Un's message was, in fact, a peaceful one.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wrote that “a new history begins now” as he signed the guestbook at the Peace House, in the Southern side of the demilitarized zone.— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) April 27, 2018
“An age of peace, at the starting point of history,” he also wrote.
The time behind us should not be in vain, says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Also wrote in the Peace House guestbook: “New history starts now.” Let’s see.— Eunice Yoon (@onlyyoontv) April 27, 2018
We are optimistic for a peaceful outcome, though our fear of North Korea's relationship with President Trump certainly has not tempered.
Cautiously optimistic. This could all go tits-up if someone drops a pen in the room.— Vern Lovic (@VernLovic) April 27, 2018
평화 축하해요— Laiba Saleem (@Liberated_Laiba) April 27, 2018
더 한국어 몰라요
Hope peace prevails on your peninsula (한반도 right?)
See, Kim, the U.S. can't be trusted. 60 million delusional Americans voted for a thug for president. He's about as dangerous as you are, Kim. I don't agree with you, Kim, but you obviously have learned from history. The U.S. is the ONLY country to drop weapons of mass destruction— #ImpeachTrump (@Bakari45) April 27, 2018
Let us hope so. It is a positive moment but a lot of work and issues to overcome.— Paul Marr (@SerendipitySays) April 27, 2018