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Kim says he, Moon are on starting line of new Korean history

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No mention of the collapse of the mountain where the nuclear testings occurred? I sure as hell wouldn't want to be living anywhere near there, and that includes the Chinese and Russian cities nearby.

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I do hope there is progress, but there is a long history of agreements broken.

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....when the United States, its ally South Korea and the North seemed at times to be on the verge of nuclear war as the North...

Stopped reading after that.

Anyways, this is getting interesting. Anyone know about the rumors that Kim is 'halting testing' because his secret mountain test cave will collapse if they do one more test?

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Probably the best opportunity that has existed to achieve major progress between the two Korea's and maybe something with America next month with the Trump meeting. Historical meeting but we will still not know the outcome for sometime.

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If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Sudden turn of NK diplomacy... suspicious dictatorial government is suspicious....

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In my kid age of time I studied the world map same name countries separated: Vietnam, Germany, Yemen, Pakistan, to found myself living in the world of paradox, and I didn't imagine in my life time to see the Korean peninsula 2 countries approaching so close like this. The issues still not resolved and the world still existing with problems, but at least I feel myself to sleep well, with less nightmares.

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Good to see a step in the right direction.

Now, about that ridiculous dessert...

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Its a step in the right direction. Any dialogue is better than no dialogue.

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Historic and and at least an opportunity for progress toward a safer world.

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...opportunity for progress toward a safer world.

One would hope, particularly that it's safer for North Koreans. Gulag states aren't much fun, but until the reason for the gulags disappears, neither will they. Which brings us back to Kim.

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When they've done with "world's most heavily armed border" they could sell it to Trump to use for his Great Wall project.

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It’s rumored that moon is very fond of Kim ,could be a sinister plan between the two.

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In order for the two Koreas to be united like that light blue flag of theirs, one government will have to relinquish power and its type of government.

The East German govt. relinquished and absolved their govt. leading to the integration of West and East Germany. I can't see this happening here.

Perhaps if North Korea agrees to be a semi-autonomous province/region in a unified Korea it can work but even then Kim Jong Un would be ceding a hell of a lot of power.

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Kim is exchanging his nuclear testing for better food and a chance to see girls bands dancing in mini skirts))

Seriously though, I think the NK finally understood (maybe after visiting the Olympics on the SK side) that the Koreas will never be united under North as a leader. Also, current leadership in South Korea is much less aggressive towards North than the previous one. Plus Trump, though unpredictable, is much threatening to NK leaders than Obama or Hillary-if she won. they probably weighted all these to start negotiations. And a chance to watch K-pop, of course XD

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A small step for a man.... but can we hope for a great leap for for makind? Even if this meeting leads to replacing the cease-fire/armistice with a peace treaty, it will be a major breakthrough.

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Let’s see where this takes us

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Oh, yes! It’s the starting line alright. However, there can only be one winner and it’s extremely unlikely either side will compromise.

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Ha ha ! Yeah right.

NK is also about to have a democratic election process this summer.

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Hoping for the best. Japan might be a bit nervous but reality is that its difficult to see how any long term peace can be achieved without denuclearization and eventually that is still the aim. Not having nuclear weapons flying over Hokkaido has to be a positive. If peace can be obtained it will be great for Japans security and a boon for Japan Inc. Until that time, pressure must be maintained and I'm sure it will be.

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It's gonna be awesome when Trump and Kim meet.

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This whole deal is being driven by Moon, who was always soft on the north, and is panicked between a North which can destroy Seoul even without Nukes and an out of control Trump egged on by Bolton and Pompeo intent on war.

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Abe must be feeling so isolated and dissed.Kim Jong's met the Chinese President,meeting the South Korean President now and to be decided the U.S. one.The only mention of Japan is in the dessert.It sucks when you got no pull or credibility.

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The merge of former East and West Germany succeded because of common culture (language, traditions, cuisine etc.) and it economic sense - cooperation was more profitable than conflict. The same applies to the Koreas.

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Kim has played his cards well.

after todays fix and friends meltdown I doubt if he will be trumpt.

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There was never the danger of a nuclear war. Please. Now, look. Kim isn't a crazy dictator anymore, but a bro! Lol.

I think the real winner here, it's just one: China. China was the first one to organize a meeting with the leader of its vassal state, showing to the world he is actually open to the dialogue. The U.S. and its vassal state South Korea, at this point couldn't avoid the dialogue anymore, or they would have play the villain role in front of the whole world. Let's see the results of these summits, now, but one thing is clear: you can't do whatever you want, close to China borders.

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Too soon to tell.

Moon has a man-crush on Kim Jong Un as bad as Trump does on Putin.

However, it's hard to believe that either one is going to give in to be more like the other, and that N. Korea is going to completely give up its nukes.

If anything, Kim Jong Un is looking for a way to having his cake and eating it too.

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A dozen agents jogging alongside KJU's limo (going for lunch) was pretty bizarre/random considering they were in one of the most if not the most heavily guarded place in the world.

Or did he think that there was a remote possibility he could get ambushed by SK secret services, a us sniper etc?

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Germany reunification was possible just because the Soviet Union collapsed. At that point, the reunification happened easily under the complete influence of the U.S.

The situation in the Korean peninsula is completely different. I don't see any sign for China collapsing. The reunification is possible only if there's some kind of deal between China and the U.S.

No matter what the two Koreas want. And I wonder which kind of compromise China and the U.S. could arrive, without that one of the two superpowers can lose its influence in the peninsula.

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I just read an article on the Global Times (you always need to see the two sides of the same coin) and, as expected, there was this line "U.S. should help carry on momentum"

I remember that Trump accused China that wasn't doing enough to solve the Korean crisis. In my opinion, being the first one to organize a summit with Kim Jong-un, China refuted those allegations, and now the U.S. must accept some kind of compromise to save the face.

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Kim ain’t stupid. Although he doesn’t claim to be a stable genius. And he isn’t desperate for a deal as much as the deal maker in Chief might claim.

seems lots of deals are going on.

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Truly an historical meeting. I am curious to see where this goes as well. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks/months. It will be also be interesting to see what is going on at the test site. One possibility is the collapse (or partial collapse) has put North Korea at risk and he knows he needs help.

Seen alot of stuff in my life and I remember when the U.S.S.R. broke up which I would have never thought have happened so would be interesting to see the Koreas unite.

I know several people in South Korea and nearly all of them would love to see a unified Korea and they all acknowledge the short term pain and difficulties they would have to endure...but they still wish for it.

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@Tokyo-Engr: are you comparing the U.S.S.R. to North Korea? The correct equivalencies are the following:

U.S.S.R. = China

North Korea = East Germany

South Korea = West Germany

Do you think China is collapsing? I don't think like that.

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I would like to be Glass Half Full kind of person here.

What has happened today is good, a step in the right direction. But there needs to be maturity from all sides and need to ensure blabbermouths on any side dont spoil the party.

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Moon and Kim are more afraid of Trump than each other. I'm sure that they got together to keep Trump from starting a war to distract from all his stormy problems.

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Just the thought of how much little Kim is being touted as the savior of Korea back home is making my head spin, like Linda Blair in the Exorcist

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In the not so distant future though, when we're all buddies, that's the time to watch out. When the border is open, like in Berlin, what's to stop NK from casually driving into SK and parking nukes in major cities and near military installations?

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Or if the two koreas united, can you imagine the hordes of starving civilians that will start pouring into South Korea

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I can hear the foam forming on the mouths of the American Neocons. They're not going to go without a fight. They will do everything in their power to prevent North Korea from becoming ''peaceful''. They need to maintain the threat of North Korea in order to justify their military presence in the region, as well as the arm sells. I don't know what, when and how, but they will do something to provoke them, i just know it. They did the same the last time NK agreed to demolish the nuclear power plants, they made a deal on the 6 party talks, and out of the blue America unilaterally imposes sanctions on NK under some crazy non-existent reasons, which leads to NK withdrawing from the deal, and of course the clueless American media blames it all on NK.

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I read somewhere above about Abe of Japan being isolated. If any country is isolated or feel left out, it is the PRC. You can bet your last reminbi that China is hoping for the US/DPRK summit to be held in a Chinese city. They might even have promised millions of USD of aid to bribe Kim Jong Un to pick Beijing. In fact right now they must be furiously nailing & painting the hall where the US/DPRK meeting is to be held but Trump will veto it, too bad!

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I read somewhere above about Abe of Japan being isolated. If any country is isolated or feel left out, it is the PRC. 

The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean War and seek an agreement on "permanent" and "solid" peace.

You were saying? Above statement doesn't look isolated to me.But your Japan is completely a non-factor.

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