What happens next after historic summit? Statement signed by leaders shows Korea has agreed to peace… but unification and denuclearization are far from settled

Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in issued three page declaration on future relations
The two sides said they wanted to formally end Korean War and denuclearization
But there have been few actual tangible measures agreed to heal relations

28 April 2018

After the extraordinary meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, the two leaders issued a statement outlining measures to improve relations between the two countries.

The Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula, commits the two countries to denuclearization and talks to formally end the Korea War, 65 years after hostilities ended.

But the declaration, named after the village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two countries, contains many aspirations and appears to be short on detail about what has actually been agreed.

The two sides have been negotiating on and off since 1972 and much of what has been agreed between Kim and Moon Jae-in has been said before. So what tangible measures have agreed at the meeting?

Following the Winter Olympics, when the two Koreas marched together at the opening ceremony and had a joint ice-hockey team, the two countries have agreed to send joint teams to future events such as the 2018 Asian Games.

The leaders also agreed to address the highly emotive issue of reunions between families divided by the war and the border, and to resurrect family visits, which were ended in 2015 as relations on the Korean peninsula deteriorated.

The two sides agreed to hold ‘reunion programmes’ on August 15, the day both Koreas celebrate their independence from Japanese colonisation.

After Moon took office last May, his administration quickly asked that the visits resume, but North Korea never officially responded.

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