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North and South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war


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https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2018/04/17/north-and-south-korea-reportedly-set-to-announce-official-end-to-war.html

 

Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.

 

Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty.

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When I visited [South] Korea two or three years ago, the impression I got is that people there really yearn for the reunification. Beyond political ideologies, dividing the country in half left many families with members in both sides who have never been able to meet or to get in touch again. Both Koreas share the same language, the same culture and the same history. They are one single people separated by a fence. Reunification is the leitmotif of many songs and movies, and they are always talking about it.

 

At the same time, Koreans life in a permanent state of alert. It's scary when you take the subway in Seoul and see cabinets with gas-masks and instructions on how to use them in case of alarm. Or when people are doing their normal life when suddenly the alarms go off an everybody stops, leave their cars where they are in the middle of the road, leave whatever they were doing and run to an underground refuge. You never know if it's just a drill or missiles have been fired.

 

So news that both governments are approaching their positions to sign the peace is good news. :) 

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1 hour ago, Shawnster said:

Rather momentous and unexpected, don't you think? 

6 months ago tensions were still very high due to North Korea's nuclear test. Nobody was expecting this about-face in just 6 months. 


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