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Saturday, 16 June 2018

A New Beginning

As a backgrounder in world history, the Korean war in 1950 was a brutal, meat-grinding battle in cold and frozen weather that involved the nations of North and South Korea, China, Russia, America, and member forces of the United Nations. By the time it went into a cease-fire mode in 1953, the site known as Panmunjon on the 38th Parallel (demarcation) became the border between North and South Korea. There was a cease-fire, but no peace. War did not end.

Kim Il-Sung ruled North Korea from then. In 1994, his son Kim Jong-Il became the supreme leader of North Korea. In 2011, Kim Jong-Il's son Kim Jong-Un took control of the country; it has been ruled by despots within the same family. Also called the Hermit country, North Korea has low gross domestic production compared to South Korea's booming economy. Statistically, citizens in the north are short in physical stature compared to those of South Korea. Famine and food shortages perennially occur.

A NASA image released this week (February 24, 2014) shows a recent night view of the Korean Peninsula. Apart from a spot of light in Pyongyang, North Korea is mostly cloaked in darkness, with China (top left) and South Korea (bottom right) on either side.

Several months before their historic meeting, Kim Jong-Un had been acting out, rattling the sabers as he usually do, and looking for appeasement (hand-outs, donations from other nations) by shooting rockets and missiles towards Japan, Guam, Hawaii, and the Philippines. North Korea had also been conducting nuclear fission bomb testing, its latest one estimated to be 250 kilotons (250,000 tons of TNT). In previous years, North Korea, Western African countries and the Palestinians in Israel, would conduct terror activities in order to extort  monetary aid from European and North American countries. 

In 2017, after being elected as president of the United States of America, Donald Trump in response to Kim Jong-Un's misbehavior, sent the United States Navy and Air Force to encircle the Korean peninsula for war games with South Korean forces. This went on for several months, with both leaders twittering messages and insults almost on a daily basis. That is until a few months ago. There came a chance the United States and North Korea will meet to discuss crisis de-escalation. Staff for both leaders began the process for a summit conference.

In Singapore Monday June 11, 2018, Donald Trump of the United States of America and Kim Jong-Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea held a conference, considerably a summit meeting to discuss the lifting of financial and economic sanctions against North Korea and vis-à-vis denuclearization of North Korea's military arsenal. Without much fanfare and news media coverage, the meeting between the two world leaders is indeed important and perhaps will lead to further economic growth, peace and stability in the pacific region.

Photo courtesy of Xanianews.com

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