Charles K. Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences at Columbia University, wrote the May 1, 2018 World Politics Review article “The Delicate Dance Toward Korean Peace May Have Just Begun,” about the historic talks between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in.
“The two leaders’ little unification dance showed the division between two bitter foes as something arbitrary and absurd, a meaningless imaginary line easily crossed and re-crossed,” Professor Armstrong wrote. “The meeting in Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, where peace talks have been held on and off since the Korean War raged in 1951, was the first inter-Korean summit not held in Pyongyang. It was the first summit with North Korea represented by Kim Jong Un and not his father, Kim Jong Il. Perhaps most important, it was the first inter-Korean summit in the era of a nuclear-armed North Korea and an American president willing, even eager, to talk to the North Korean leader.”
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