Peace at Last? North and South Korea Withdraw Firearms

North and South Korea have completed withdrawing firearms and the troops on the Korean Peninsula. Did you think this would actually happen?

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At the ‘Peace House’ at Panmunjom on April 27, 2018, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met to make ground-breaking steps towards peace. CNN reports that in the Panmunjom Declaration, both leaders announced that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula thus beginning “a new era of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity, and to improve and cultivate inter-Korean relations in a more active manner.”

The end of the Cold War split Korea into two sovereign states. The 38th Parallel was the tense border line drawn between the two. In June 1950, the Korean War broke out and left millions of soldiers dead or missing. This war drew in ruthless fighting from not only both Koreas but also China and the UN. After three bloodshed-filled years, an armistice was signed and the 155-mile long, 2.5-mile wide border called the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was created. Contrary to its name, the DMZ was the world’s most fortified border and the site for countless incidents of violence. After 65 years of conflict, the two Korean leaders have finally agreed to sign a treaty ending this violence by the end of the year.

So what steps are being taken to achieve this peace? According to the New York Post, the North and South Korean leaders and the US-led UN Command withdrew their firearms from the Joint Security Area at the border village of Panmunjom, began demining the estimated 2 million mines found inside and around the DMZ on October 1st, and planned their first joint search for Korean War remains.

However, despite this incredible progress, there are some who are still doubtful. Conservatives criticize the South Korean government for making too many concessions while North Korea’s nuclear threats still loom over their heads. However, President Moon has facilitated discussions with both Kim Jong Un and President Trump addressing the standoff over the North Korean nuclear program.

After almost seven decades of fighting, it appears peace for Korea is just over the horizon. Did you think that it would ever happen? Read the full story from the New York Post here.


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North and South Korea have completed withdrawing firearms and the troops on the Korean Peninsula. Did you think this would actually happen?

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39% I knew it
61% I had doubts
Males
33% I knew it
67% I had doubts
Females
48% I knew it
52% I had doubts

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Peace at Last? North and South Korea Withdraw Firearms


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