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12:00 AM, April 28, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:44 AM, April 28, 2018


Triumph of diplomacy over belligerence

A historic summit

History was made when for the first time in sixty-three years a North Korean leader stepped on the southern side of the divided peninsula that at one time had been one country and one people. We welcome the momentous step that Moon and Kim have taken to shed the baggage of history, turn around from the past and transform a situation of intractable hostility to one that the world hopes presages enduring peace. Although the summit was marked by symbolism and spattered with occasional banter, the commitment to end the state of war between the two countries by the end of the year and achieve complete denuclearisation adds substance to that symbolism. The world will take great comfort in the declaration of the two leaders before the entire world that there would be no more war on the Korean peninsula and a new age of peace had begun.

The peninsula had been a simmering cauldron with the constant potential for a sudden flare up at any time. This region has been a source of international tension since 1953, but despite rhetoric and threats, diplomacy has gained over antagonism. And for this situation to come to such a pass as we witnessed yesterday, the two big powers that are parties to the truce and deeply involved with the two Koreas, the USA and China, deserve credit.

The declaration has many commitments. Implementations of those practically is what the world would be watching. We believe putting into effect the strategic pledges like arms reduction in the region pending the easing of military tension and ridding the peninsula of nuclear weapons, would require the wholehearted cooperation of the big powers also.

What happened in the village of Panmunjom we hope will lay the foundation of a permanent peace, and this summit as well as the forthcoming Trump-Kim summit will start a new chapter for the North East Asia and help in the permanent removal of the DMZ.

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