To try to follow recent events in Korea, you’d have to keep up with diplomatic clashes, evaluate the range of various missiles, compare earthquakes caused by nuclear experiments, and even gawk at the puerile row over who has the largest ‘nuclear buttons’ between Kim and Trump.
So it was emotional Friday when the two Korean leaders met with good intentions and eventually declared that there will be a peace treaty between them by the end of the year — although the denuclearization issue is still up in the air. We must celebrate the handshake between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, Kim’s surprise invitation that Moon step into North Korean territory, and their words that “war is over.”
Then, leaving emotion aside, we must bear in mind that in their final remarks around the hot topic of denuclearization, the two leaders talked mostly about their hopes. They talked about possible economic cooperation between the two Koreas, but it seems that the most difficult aspects of the diplomatic work will be left perhaps to Donald Trump — who is scheduled to meet Kim between the end of May and the beginning of June. It remains a memorable day, for a number of actual and potential reasons.