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Cautious hopes for Korean peninsula

There is little question that last week's summit meeting between South Korean leader Moon Jae In and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un was a watershed moment in the tense ties between the halves of the peninsula that were separated by the Korean War of 1950-53. Among its notable moments was when Chairman Kim - the title used for him in the joint statement called the Panmunjom Declaration - stepped over the line in the demilitarised zone. It marked the first time a leader from the North has stepped into the territory of the South in 65 years. Previous summit meetings in 2000 and 2007 had seen South leaders journeying to Pyongyang, capital of the North.

The two men have agreed to accelerate high-level contact - Mr Moon, a former Special Forces soldier turned human rights lawyer, will travel to Pyongyang in autumn - and take steps towards "groundbreaking advancement in inter-Korea relations", jointly participate in international events such as the 2018 Asian Games, connect roads and railways, and take steps towards a formal declaration of the end of the war.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2018, with the headline 'Cautious hopes for Korean peninsula'. Print Edition | Subscribe