Inter-Korea summit: long-awaited steps towards peace

The inter-Korean summit, successfully held on Friday, has showed that the meeting of the leaders of the DPRK and the United States will take place, RISS expert Roman LOBOV said. According to him, such increase in diplomatic activity became possible because “Kim Jong-un has a strong negotiating position. He has the necessary minimum of nuclear missile capability to prevent external invasion. At the same time, the North Korean leader is interested in de-escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.”

Despite the successful talks between the leaders of the two Koreas, it is too early to talk about the Korean unification yet. It is unlikely that the DPRK and the Republic of Korea are ready to recognize each other's existence legally. The huge differences in economic development, culture, language, and mentality have been formed between the countries for 70 years. The process of the Korean unification will be very time-consuming. “In addition, there is a generation in South Korea now that simply doesn’t understand why it is necessary to unite the North and the South and perceives North Korea as an autonomous state where Koreans live and where they speak Korean. Time is working against unification,” RISS expert said.

“The priority tasks facing the DPRK and the Republic of Korea at the moment are reduction of military tension on the Korean Peninsula, its denuclearization, relationship development between the two countries in areas that are not affected by sanctions. It was important for the Korean leaders to take the first step to show their desire for further cooperation and dialogue,” the analyst said.

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