All You Ever Wanted to Know About the Korean Peace Summit

– If you read the news today then you would see that the two leaders of the respective North Korea and South Korea have signed a peace pledge. While this is not an official Peace Treaty it seems to be a step in the right direction.
– As always the Asia Times comes through with a much more thorough look at the situation
– Also from the Asia times,One persons opinion on the social dynamics between Kim Jon Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. Honestly, all you ever needed to know about the social dynamic, look at who bows lower or who uses two hands when shaking the others hand when they first meet.  You can see this at the video below…around the 1:40 mark.

Kind of anti-climatic, wasn’t it?

– You can find any official information regarding the summit at this website.

– One issue apparently left untouched was the return of Prisoners of War taken during the 1950’s and Koreans kidnapped during the 70’s. I’ll quote part of this article because the newspaper doesn’t provide a specific address I can link to.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il also agreed to host family reunions at North Korea’s Mount Geumgang, in meeting houses which are due to be completed in the first half of 2008.

But the declaration failed to touch on the controversial issue of South Koreans who were kidnapped by North Korea, mostly in the 1970s. It also does not mention prisoners of war from the 1950 Korean War.

In this regard, the accord has not evolved from the June 15 declaration signed between former President Kim Dae-jung and the North Korean leader in 2000, when the two leaders agreed to resolve the controversy over the prisoners of war.

President Roh earlier promised to tackle the issue, and Defense Minister Kim Jang-soo said he expected it to be on the summit agenda.

The article is written by By Kim Ji-hyun

– One of the hangups to a peace process was a disputed border in the Yellow Sea Region. Tensions have been on/off again between the two countries, and in they in fact boiled over into some brief skirmishes during the world cup in 2002.

This article talks further about the conflict. I find it odd that the two presidential candidates for 2002 are the same, two main candidates for 2007. Really, the same political issues (dealing with North Korea) are very similar, if not the same as they were in 2002. Reminds me of home.

The International Media weighs in on the Summit. I only find this interesting because it’s the only place I could find a recent statement from the White House regarding the summit.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino was quoted by Reuters as saying, “Hopefully (the summit) can contribute to peace and security. Ultimately it needs to lead to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.”

Bla, bla, bla…blllllaaaaaaaaaa…

– America wants it’s Six Party talks! Here are some previous statements about the summit from a White House spokesman, from about two months ago.

we have always encouraged dialogue between the North and the South, and we have encouraged that engagement. This is certainly a welcome and positive step in the context of that engagement. And I would expect that this is in no way detracts from the efforts in the six-party talks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. And then ultimately have North Korea realize a different kind of relationship, not only with its neighbors, but the rest of the world.

Here’s a link to the full interview transcript of the Press Conference, most of it is not about the summit though, so be prepared to sift (it’s a little over halfway down the page)

– Then finally, a brief chronology of events in the relationship of the two Koreas since the 1970s You may need to enter the name of your local library to read the post; but honestly,it’s informative and it’s free…take the ten seconds required.

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