The warm meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in has raised hopes ahead of the Trump summit. Caution is advised
It was a historic moment replete with grand pledges and theatrical gestures of friendship. A North Korean leader crossed into the South for the first time since the Korean war, which halted 65 years ago with an armistice but no peace treaty. At the demilitarised zone, a strikingly confident, buoyant Kim Jong-un received not just a handshake but a hug from his counterpart, Moon Jae-in; and took his hand to draw him into the North briefly.
“The two leaders solemnly declared before the 80 million Korean people and the whole world that there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun,” the joint declaration said. It vowed to pursue talks to declare a formal end to the war, turning the armistice into a peace treaty and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.