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Watershed moment on Korean Peninsula

The leaders of North and South Korea will meet in a historic summit today, and there are hopes that steps will be taken towards a breakthrough agreement to bring the two sides closer to peace

SEOUL • "I love Germany so much," the French writer Francois Mauriac once wrote, "that I am glad there are two of them."

The statement, from the Nobel Prize-winning author who lived through the German occupation, was layered with irony. Since World War II, a divided Germany had been both emblematic of the Cold War, and central to the hard and bitter peace that followed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2018, with the headline 'Watershed moment on Korean Peninsula'. Print Edition | Subscribe