Did anyone expect such a historic event one month ago? The summit meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in was held on April 27, and drew the attention of the whole world. It was held in the demilitarized zone at Panmunjom located at the 38th parallel (38 degrees north latitude) which forms the border between North and South Korea. Two leaders jointly issued the Panmunjom Declaration aiming at ‘a nuclear-free Korean peninsula through complete denuclearization’. The declaration reminds me of North Korea’s past unfaithful actions. How many times has North Korea broken international promises? It is, therefore, difficult for me to take the declaration at face value. But putting aside such anxiety, we have to admit Kim Jong-un’s willingness to change the country somehow or other. I hope some progress will be made at the summit meeting between the US and North Korea which will be held in June.
I have been consistently advocating that the dialogue between the US and North Korea as well as North and South Korea should be hastened, and that these dialogues should be carried out before China increases its control over North Korea. However, to my regret, the current dialogues are not moving in the direction which I advocate. On the other hand, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in’s decisions and actions since the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics should be praised, whether he is liked or not.