It’s no secret North and South Korea are not friends. Since the Korean War in 1950 and the establishment of the 48th parallel between the two country’s borders, strides towards reunification and peace have been bleak. The tension between the two countries, at times, could be cut with a pencil point. However, things changed yesterday that could possibly ease some of the tensions that these two nations have.
Both sides’ main tactic is finger pointing. North Korea is pointing their finger at South Korea, saying the South intentionally used speakers to broadcast propaganda-related messages to the North. In turn, North Korea said, “nope, not dealing with this,” and declare a semi-war, according to NPR. North Korea also put out a statement saying that they regretted the injuries sustained by two South Korean soldiers by a landmine and for upping their military actions following provocation from the South.
Could this be new strides from both sides? Standoffs between the countries usually end in bitter resentment and rivalry. However, this ended in (somewhat) trust between them. This is important. As cliché as it sounds, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Patching up more than 65 years of unrest from one agreement will not happen. However, there is progress being made.
The most recent straining point in North and South Korea’s relationship was in 2010 when a South Korean ship was sunk, killing 46 sailors. Since then, two countries have held their grounds tight. But as anyone could tell you, communication is key in making an effort to create constructive dialogue to reach a solution. Even though this wouldn’t be considered “constructive,” it’s still rare that North Korea would issue a statement of regret.
A Seoul University Representative John Delury stated, “The more important point is maintaining this channel and reopening the relationship. This is hardly going to be easy to implement, but it’s a landmark agreement which lays out a path.”
In the international news world, U.S.’s allegiance with South Korea and North Korea’s vow to take over the South has made this a major talking point in international news. As the months go on, it will be interesting to see what will develop between these two countries that have a tighter presence on their borders than what Donald Trump could ever imagine.