HISTORIC: That’s One Small Step For Kim Jong-Un, One Giant Leap For Mankind

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un took a historic step in relieving tensions on the Korean Peninsula as he walked over the heavily guarded border and entered South Korea.

The momentous move by the Northern leader capitulates years of tensions to diplomatic pressures and sanctions led by the Trump administration. “The two leaders declare before our people of 80 million and the entire world there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and a new age of peace has begun,” the Korean Declaration said.

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The historic step was one small step for Kim Jong-Un, but a leap towards a denuclearized Korean peninsula. The move follows a tense 2017 when the North Korean dictator threatened to use nuclear weapons on South Korea, Guam, Japan and the United States. He has since walked-back that rhetoric and is holding diplomatic meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Here’s more, per NBC News:

The leaders of North and South Korea signed a historic declaration Friday pledging “no more war” and a common goal of “complete denuclearization” on the Korean Peninsula.


The countries, which technically remain in a state of war, heralded the deal as part of “a new era of peace” after a historic summit.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in also vowed to “cease all hostile acts” and to “transform the Demilitarized Zone into a peace zone.”

The two leaders embraced, and Moon said he would visit Pyongyang in the fall.

“After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!” President Trump tweeted on Friday.

“KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!” Trump added.

And, “Please do not forget the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea. Without him it would have been a much longer, tougher, process!”

Here’s even more, via Reuters:

At their first summit in more than a decade, the two sides announced they would seek an agreement to establish “permanent” and “solid” peace on the peninsula.

The declaration included promises to pursue military arms reduction, cease “hostile acts,” turn their fortified border into a “peace zone,” and seek multilateral talks with other countries, such as the United States.

And, from Washington Post:

In a historic summit more striking for its extraordinary images than its substance, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in set aside a year that saw them seemingly on the verge of war, grasped hands and strode together Friday across the cracked concrete marking the Koreas’ border.

The sight, inconceivable just months ago, may not erase their failure to provide any new measures on a nuclear standoff that has captivated and terrified millions, but it allowed the leaders to step forward toward the possibility of a cooperative future even as they acknowledged a fraught past and the widespread skepticism that, after decades of failed diplomacy, things will be any different this time.

On the nuclear issue, the leaders merely repeated a previous vow to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, kicking one of the world’s most pressing issues down the road to a much-anticipated summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in coming weeks.

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Still, the summit produced the spectacle of two men from nations with a deep and bitter history of acrimony grinning from ear to ear after Kim walked over the border to greet Moon, becoming the first leader of his nation to set foot on southern soil since the Korean War. Both leaders then briefly stepped together into the North and back to the South.

The summit marks a surreal, whiplash swing in relations for the countries, from nuclear threats and missile tests to intimations of peace and cooperation. Perhaps the change is best illustrated by geography: Kim and Moon’s historic handshake and a later 30-minute conversation at a footbridge on the border occurred within walking distance of the spot where a North Korean soldier fled south in a hail of gunfire last year, and where North Korean soldiers axe-murdered two U.S. soldiers in 1976.

Standing at a podium next to Moon after the talks ended, Kim faced a wall of cameras beaming his image live to the world and declared that the Koreas are “linked by blood as a family and compatriots who cannot live separately.” The leaders also vowed to achieve “a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization,” something they’ve said before.

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