North and South Korean Peace?

Source: CNBC- Both presidents from South Korea and North shared a toast.

Source: CNBC- Both presidents from South Korea and North shared a toast.

Emerson Marquez, Staff Writer

North and South Korea met last week to discuss a landmark peace treaty to lessen tensions between the two longtime feuding countries.

Both countries vowed to formally end the Korean war, after the war happened the two countries never signed to officially end the war. Both countries went to war in 1950 when North Korea’s army invaded the South. They also announced a joint declaration. The document, called the “Panmunjom Declaration of peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula,” was announced to the public after a meeting between the two presidents, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in. The meeting between the two presidents hasn’t happened in over a decade. Former presidents have met twice but both times did not end with a resolution.

The North and the South also vowed to take down the loud speakers that blast propaganda over the border. North Korea took steps to dismantling their nuclear program which is thought to already have nuclear weapons capable of reaching US soil. Both presidents met at the demilitarized zone between the two countries. They planted trees, had dinner, and held historic meetings.

The peace between these two countries will be great for everyone involved. First, North Korea, ever since the war between the two countries the US and the United Nations have continuously put sanctions on the North. It has crippled their economy and many people in their county are either dying of malnutrition (starvation) or disease. During the North Korean famine that lasted between 1995 and 1998 it was estimated that over one million people died.

The US and the South could benefit because of the frightening amount of weapons North Korea has at their disposal. They can rest easy and the same could be said for the world.

After these meetings took place it was announced that president Trump will be meeting with Kim Jong Un. The meetings whereabouts are yet to be released but it is said to happen in late May to early June.

And with one final step of unification North Korea changed their time zone so it was in sync with the South. They changed their time zone after the Korean war to seem ‘Different’ from other countries. The time was half an hour behind South Korea and Japan, but now the two countries are making steps to lesson the differences and making changes so the two countries will one day be one.