President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, will meet for the first time on Apr. 27, officials said. The key figure in setting up this meeting was President Moon Jae-in. Since he took office, Moon has been working tirelessly to prevent a war from taking place on the Korean Peninsula. His efforts have paid off. After the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, there has been a rapid turnaround of the long-held animosity between the U.S. and North Korea.
President Donald Trump has said he is open to potential dialogue with the North Korean leader in either May or early June. Trump told this to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House, surprising many in the room. This announcement came after Kim expressed his willingness to discuss his country’s nuclear weapons program.
Experts anticipate the 2018 summit will serve as a stepping stone for U.S.-North Korean relations. Consensus is that the summit between the two Koreas will determine the success or failure of setting up U.S.-North Korean talks.
Amid this change, the Korean Peninsula and the major countries surrounding it are bracing for a huge turnaround. It’s obvious that all eyes are on how the summit will be since this is only the third meeting of its kind, and it is another sign of a thaw in relations between the two Koreas.
When talking about the Korean Peninsula, geopolitics is the first issue that comes to one’s mind. There are six major nations involved in the North Korean issue: North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States. South Korea, a previously war-torn country, has risen to become the world’s 12th largest economy. It may seem as though there is no need for unification, at least for practical reasons. However, Koreans are intrinsically allergic to outside intervention.
A large portion of Korean history is about securing autonomy of its territory. Having dominance over this region means that power can be projected to wider areas such as the East China Sea, the Yellow Sea, and the East Sea. Knowingly or unknowingly, these six countries have still been competing against each other to gain a geopolitical advantage over the Korean Peninsula.
Although this act of diplomacy was officially welcomed by China, diplomatic officials there expressed concerns about losing its influence over North Korea. What the U.S. wants from this dialogue is clear: denuclearization. Along with denuclearization, regaining influence over the Asia-Pacific region is another task that the U.S. aims to complete. Though it’s questionable whether the 2018 summit will give the U.S. the chance to achieve its ambitious goals, Koreans are enjoying the “warm climate of reconciliation.”
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1. When is the potential dialogue between Kim and Trump likely to happen?
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