Changes in inter-Korean Relations – South Korea, let’s head North!

A South Korean train passes over a cross-border railway bridge near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Paju, north of Seoul on August 21, 2009. (AFP Photo) © AFP It was last May on the Trans-Siberian train. I remember the birch forests and lakes, sparse houses, and the sunset that set on the Siberian plains. As someone who desires unification, I hoped that the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) and the Trans-Korean Railway (TKR) would become connected through North Korea and Eurasia, eventually reaching Europe. Despite the Obama administration’s strategic patience with North Korea in late 2017, North Korea continued their missile tests to complete their nuclear weaponry. After Donald Trump’s harsh sa

Trump and Kim Jong-un: Climbing the Diplomatic Ladder

At the first U.S.-North Korea summit in June 2018, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un agreed to pursue “new U.S.-DPRK relations...for peace and prosperity” and Pyongyang recommitted to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”[1]Since then, North Korea has maintained a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests but made virtually no progress on denuclearization.[2] U.S.-DPRK relations are in a new phase insofar as Trump and Kim exchange letters and have now met three times, first in Singapore, then for the no-deal summit in Hanoi in February 2019, and most recently in June for a meet and greet in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the inter-Korean border.[3]

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