A New Era of Peace

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The Korean Peninsula has been the only divided nation after reunification of Germany in 1990. For long, news of constant nuclear threats and missile tests have provoked fear in the minds of people. However, there has been a recent change in atmosphere. Starting with the joint North and South Korean women's ice hockey team, potential peace between the Koreas has bloomed. President Moon Jae-In of South Korea was invited to visit North Korea by Kim Yo-Jung, the representative of North Korea during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The invitation spurred preparation for the Inter- Korean Summit, after 11 years of antagonism. Under the slogan ‘Peace, a New Start’, the April 2018 inter-Korean summit took place
in the Unification Pavilion in Panmunjom, Gyeonggi-Do. Two more summits followed in May and September. The results include the following:

-Alleviation of military tension by reducing military exercises
-Approach towards an official declaration of ending the Korean War
-Clearance of land mines at the Korea Demilitarized Zone
-Potential denuclearization of North Korea
-Invitation for Kim Jong Un to visit Seoul

Moreover, two North Korea-United States Summits took place in June and September of 2018. The Summits concluded with the possibility of ending the Korean War and Final, Fully Verified Denuclearization (FFVD) in North Korea. With these unprecedented events happening one after another, we are starting to see actual change in the Korean Peninsula; a change towards peace.