Peace in Korean Peninsula

June 21, 2018

United States President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, in Singapore, in the first summit meeting between the leaders of the two countries. They signed a joint statement, agreeing to security guarantees for North Korea, new peaceful relations, reaffirmation of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and follow-up negotiations between high-level officials. Immediately following the summit, Trump announced that the US would discontinue ‘provocative’ joint military exercises with South Korea and would eventually withdraw troops stationed there.

Just few months before it was being speculated that bringing two leaders together for negotiations is next to impossible, mainly due to the stern stance of leaders of both countries against each other. But it is pleasant development that meeting took place and both the leaders sat together to discuss the future course of action regarding bringing peace in the region. It is also pleasing to know that meeting took place in a pleasant environment and while exchanging ideas and thoughts both leaders agreed to the building of a permanent and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

It was decided that Kim will take initiative to denuclearization of the Koran Peninsula and in return USA will provide required security to the people of North Korea. It is hoped that if both parties would act according to the outcomes of the Summit it will not only help in improving relations between the two parties but will also contribute to the peace of the region as well as of the world.

Prior to this Summit, leaders of North and South Korea met in a historic meeting when Kim visited the South Korea. That meeting was given exclusive coverage in international media and that meeting also paved the way for Kim-Trump summit. Talks, negotiations and diplomacy are a best way forward to deal and resolve the political issues. Though experts of international relations are not pinning much hopes of peace after the summit as both leaders are not considered reliable when it comes to fulfilling the pledges. For example US has recently unilaterally has withdrawn from Iran nuclear deal that many countries have condemned. But despite some reservations there is no harm at looking the optimistic side and in believing that both sides will fulfill their commandments that will improve peace and order in the peninsula. According to a recent report there is more chaos and instability in the world than before, so in such a scenario any effort that can bring peace in some part of the world must be appreciated.

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