North And South Korea Declare End To War, Proclaim "New Era Of Peace"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean PresidentMoon Jae-in agreed Friday to finally end a seven-decade war this year, and signed a declaration to pursue the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, although they did not announce any concrete steps to dismantle the North’s nuclear programs..

The two leaders embraced after signing the deal during a historic meeting on their shared border, the first time a North Korean leader has set foot on the southern side. They announced plans to formally declare a resolution to the war and replace 1953 armistice that ended open hostilities into a peace treaty by year’s end.

“We solemnly declare to our 80m Koreans and the world that there will no more war on the Korean peninsula and a new era of peace has begun,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in said in a joint statement. “It is our urgent historic assignment to put an end to this current abnormal state of ceasefire and establish a peace regime.”

“We have agreed to share a firm determination to open a new era in which all Korean people enjoy prosperity and happiness on a peaceful land without wars,” Kim said, in his first remarks in front of the global press since taking power in 2011.

The two sides “confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.”

The two agreed to work towards advancing the reunification of the divided nations and further improving inter-Korean relations. In order to reduce tension, the two sides agreed to hold military talks in May and set up a joint liaison office in Kaesong, the border town in the North.

“South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the international community for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” according to the statement. It didn’t elaborate on what that would entail.

The commitment to ‘complete denuclearization’ is ambiguous, and subject to different interpretations,” said Youngshik Bong, a researcher at Yonsei University’s Institute for North Korean Studies in Seoul. “It can be interpreted as North Korea getting rid of all warheads, or North Korean demands on the U.S. military in South Korea.”

They have also agreed to end any hostile activities that can lead to military clashes, including cross-border propaganda broadcasts and leaflet distribution. They will also enable Red Cross talks to discuss reunions of families separated by the Korean war.

Kim on Friday walked across the military demarcation line dividing the two nations with an aim to end decades of conflict on the peninsula, becoming the first North Korean leader to set foot on South Korean soil.

As Bloomberg notes, the agreement follows a rapid thaw of tensions on the peninsula after a flurry of North Korean missile tests and a hydrogen bomb detonation last year. Kim plans to meet U.S. President Donald Trump soon, which would be the first summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting American president.

The question now is whether the commitment will lead to lasting change. Previous agreements have collapsed over inspections, weapons tests and disputes over economic aid.

Much of the agreement mirrors previous deals between North Korea and Moon’s liberal predecessors. It appeared aimed at restoring cooperation that had deteriorated over the past decade.

Kim’s official Korean Central News Agency issued a tersely worded commentary after the announcement urging the U.S. to respond “with sincerity.” “What is needed for the U.S. is to learn how to observe good manners and how to respect the party concerned, not resorting to high-handed practices and arrogance,” the piece said.

Reaction in markets was limited given the South Korean stock market had closed for the week when the deal was announcement landed.

The meeting paves the way for Mr Kim to meet US President Donald Trump later this year.

“I felt a flood of emotion as I walked the 200 meters here,” Kim told Moon as talks began.

“I came here with a mindset that we will fire a flare at the starting point of a new history for peace and prosperity. Let’s get everything off our minds out here and get good results.”

This is what Kim Jong-un told Moon Jae-in, as relayed by South Korea's presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

"Kim Jong-un said that he came here to put an end to the history of conflict, discuss and remove obstacles between us with the South Korean president. He said let's meet more often and we should be determined not to go back to square one. Kim also said let's live up to all the expectations and create a better world."

"The two leaders had a sincere and frank dialogue over the denuclearisation and the establishment of permanent peace of the Korean peninsula and development of inter-Korea ties."

After they planted the tree, Mr Kim told Mr Moon:

"Just like a pine tree, I hope that we can always be green, even in winter time."

"Yes, it will be like that," Mr Moon replied.

“Eyes and ears from all over the world are focused on Panmunjom,” Moon said. “I feel the weight on our shoulders is heavy.”

As The BBC notes, the inter-Korean summit has basically taken everyone by surprise and proven many an expert prediction very wrong (and gravely disappointed many anti-Trump-ites).

From this...

To this...

In 3 months.

Here's one of the pundits contemplating the "known and unknown unknowns" this is teaching us...

Previous attempts to negotiate aid-for-disarmament deals have failed.

But in January, the North embarked on direct talks with Seoul, attended the Winter Olympics in South Korea and in April the two leaders met for a historic inter-Korean summit.

Pyongyang also offered direct talks with the US - an offer Mr Trump accepted - and ordered a halt to nuclear and missile tests.

Talks between the two would be unprecedented, but the details, agenda and timing of the summit are yet to be confirmed.

Of course, as Bloomberg reports, any progress on dismantling the Kim’s weapons program would likely be slow and fraught, and involve visits by international inspectors. Prior efforts involving Kim’s late father when he was leader collapsed in acrimony, with North Korea blaming the U.S. for failure to adhere to the agreements.

“It’s off to a good start, but there must be a concrete commitment by Kim on denuclearization,” said Youngshik Bong, a researcher at Yonsei University’s Institute for North Korean Studies in Seoul. “Otherwise it will end up as a fancy show.”
 

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DingleBarryObummer Max Hunter Fri, 04/27/2018 - 04:57 Permalink

After the Syria thing, and during the Iran thing, they are in need of some good optics.  And Japan will not be happy until Kim is dead.

Uncle Scam must expand it's sphere of influence to defend the petro-dollar to prevent inflation.  It's math.  Unfortunately, the rot is not only economic but also cultural in America. 

America will never be great again until soft, fat, clueless, depraved Americans get some serious lessons in the school of hard knocks.  In other words, I see things getting better, but not before they get a lot worse.

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nmewn IridiumRebel Fri, 04/27/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

Just think about it, Putin must have withdrawn his troops from the Korean peninsula (according to the wisened Maxine Waters...lol)...Kayne has gone full-on MAGA!...Trump patted Macron on the head and wiped his bottom for his Mom, errr, wife...the FBI/CIA/Alinsky media complex is in complete disarray...nominees for judges are still going through and the Senate nuclear option is about to be triggered for moar! 

And Corey Booker outed himself as anti-ghey.

What-a-week! ;-)

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FBaggins nmewn Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:37 Permalink

So what is the real reason SK wants unity with NK?  Obviously, workers to sustain its economy and people to sustain the nation. Why open your borders to exclusive alien cultures when you have more younger people of the same culture right next door.

A bleak future and population crisis for South Korea

 “With one of the lowest birth rates in the world, the republic is about to lose a large chunk of its population. According to Statistics Korea, the current population of 50 million will start to decline some time between 2020 and 2030; by 2060, it will have plummeted to somewhere between 34 million and 44 million.

By then, South Korea will be a country full of old people. Half of the population will be over 60, while only a fifth will be under 30. There will be few workers available to pay taxes to support health care for the elderly, or to buy the cars and houses and other goods that drive an economy.”

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/a-bleak-future-and-population-crisis-for-south-korea/article21249599/

Demographics of North Korea

“Since 2000, North Korea's birth rate has exceeded its death rate; the natural growth is positive. In terms of age structure, the population is dominated by the 15–64-year-old segment (68.09%). The median age of the population is 32.9 years, and the gender ratio is 0.95 males to 1.00 female.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_North_Korea

The overly materialistic “here & now” Western way of life has its own built-in “me-centred” destruction mechanism. Not only is it fundamentally nihilist in temperament, but it is demographically dead with future hopes trashed in abortion bins, while our leaders now beg for replacements from alien cultures who still regard children as integral to their lives and the continuation of the everything they cherish.  

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Joe Trader FBaggins Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:14 Permalink

^interesting, sounds like it could be a factor.. but there won't be any economy if there's a war..

Hopefully Kim genuinely wants peace.. for all the crimes he's responsible for.. labour camps, Otto, executing family members..

Hopefully Kim's repenting and North Korea finds Christianity. Time will tell if Kim's being truthful.

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King of Ruperts Land thisandthat Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

I predict the combined Koreas will be US ally and have (limited) Nukes. Japan will have nukes. USA will withdraw some forces but keep infrastructure to step back whenever needed. Possible better USA Russia relation. China will expand enough to not feel too unduly pressured. US will remain strong capability, but perhaps reduced shouldering of responsibility in region.

Think about it. North Korea came about as a push to contain communist China. When the war could not be won, the stalemate was the excuse to keep military forces there while not directly pointing them to China. What if Trump was able to make a good relation with a strongly armed even nuclear Korea. A strong chess piece near China/Russia at no cost to USA.

The US is currently under an agreement to denuclearize. The non proliferation treaty. So pledges to denuclearize by Korea could just mean being recognized as nuke countries under a new nnpt type agreement.

I think Trump is going to build a new world order. A really new golden age for humanity. Not that global tyranny shit that gave the term "New World Order" its demonic stink.

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tmosley FBaggins Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:48 Permalink

>So what is the real reason SK wants unity with the NK?  

>Obviously

No. They want unity for the same reason Germans wanted unity. They are one people, and they hate to see their brothers suffer. And of course there is always tremendous economic opportunity when opening up a new area to capitalism.

The immigration will much more likely be in the opposite direction than you think as South Koreans expand into North Korea and work to develop the area. They will need to electrify the region,  establish communications channels, build modern roads, hospitals, and schools. Then they can start putting in factories.

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veritas semper… FBaggins Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:16 Permalink

yes,this might be a good reason.

Another one is that SK wants that the f*cking yankee soldiers get out of their country ,after 65 years of occupation.

This deal was mostly put in place by CHINA and probably Russia. Murka was out ,but in the fine American tradition it can always pretend it won something .

Maybe after the Syrian fiasco , US realized that attacking NK , a country near Russia and China , is going to be a bigger , more beautiful fail ?

NK and SK will make a deal OUTSIDE US , I said this before. And Murka is going to be booted out .

****By the way , why doesn't ZH say anything about the Russian OPCW team conference at Hague regarding the Syrian chemical weapons false flag ? The Russian brought 17 witnesses ,including the 11 year old boy filmed by the Al Qaeda PR = the White Helmets? Russia is going to bring them to the UN ; all MSM ,including the WH State Department said that this was a Russian pressure on witnesses ,LOL! ***

**** Mattis just said that US IS INCREASING ITS PRESENCE IN SYRIA ***

****US just found a loophole to by pass Russia at UNSC ; they will vote (read coerced other countries) at the General Assembly. And US wants to vote for a war in Syria.

       This was the same thing US did in 1953 , when it started the Korean war , by passing the USSR veto at UNSC . The exact same thing; and this puts everything in the real context , isn't it ? You have to look at facts ,not American The Donald fantasy world.

 

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francis scott … veritas semper… Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:09 Permalink

Everyone should be aware by now that there

are some things which have to be kept secret

from 1) those who oppose them and the 2)

the ignorant masses in general.

 

 So it was that after Russian Chief Gerasimov

met NATO Chief Scaparrotti in Baku 5 days

after the combined US, UK and French strike,

we were told, according to Russia's Ministry

of Defense:

The ministry said the military

chiefs discussed Russian and

NATO military activities in

Europe and measures to

improve trust and avoid

incidents. They also

exchanged views on Syria.

 

Two high ranking Generals, an American and

a Russian, met in Baku 5 days after Syria was

attacked by 103 US and allied missiles and the

big news the next day is an announcement by

Kim Jong-un, ruler by divine right of North Korea,

inviting US President The Donald to meet him in

a summit along with South Korea's President

Moon, to discuss the denuclearization of the

Korean Peninsula.

 

A train of events that would make a conspiracy

theorist envious.  The MSM played down any

relationship between The Russian claim that 71

of the 103 allied missiles were brought down by

Russian made Syrian defenses.  And the

Pentagon's claim that all the missiles hit their

targets, which was contradicted by several photos

of unexploded missiles laying on the ground.

 

To me all this proves that Trump has been working

with Putin since he was elected to achieve a broad

peace with all of America's enemies, except the

terrorists, who, after peace arrives, will receive

their final repayment from the Lord..

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mark1955 nmewn Sat, 04/28/2018 - 04:52 Permalink

Trump Had NOTHING to do with this!!!

Trump is a life long registered democrat and NWO/MIC Lackey, who just gave the American people, more Gun Control than Obama/Hillary ( Trump's best friend in real life ) could have gotten past in 20 years!

 

Pretend Conservative Trump, a 'Deep State' plant, has been Trying to start World War Three against: Syria, North Korea, China, Russia and Iran for his Bankster Masters and thankfully the American people have not been falling for it!

 

God Bless North/South Korea, for choosing Peace and "Sticking a big thumb" in the Rothschild/Rockefeller's eyes!

 

 

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TheWholeYearInn nmewn Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:11 Permalink

Nice attempt at snark, but you actually said something quite revealing.

 

Though it's not what I intended to say, Israel is, in fact, at war against the United States (& always has been). The US just doesn't know it.

 

It's kind of like Canada 'not knowing' that they're actually just 'northern Wisconsin'

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