Surreal scenes capped off the historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in today as they held hands and listened to Korean pop music during a lavish farewell ceremony.
Kim became the first North Korean leader to step into the South for 65 years as he and President Moon vowed ‘there will be no more war’ and agreed to ‘complete denuclearisation’.
The two sworn enemies exchanged a warm greeting at the 38th parallel in the truce village of Panmunjom before the pair held talks and planted a commemorative tree together. The dramatic meeting has been seen as a precursor to planned talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump next month.
As the summit came to an end today, Kim and Moon clasped hands as K-pop blared during a bizarre farewell and photos of their meeting were projected onto a massive screen installed in front of the building where they met. Kim then boarded a black Mercedes Benz limousine that drove him back north.
Surreal may be the right word. All my life there’s been conflict on the Peninsula. And American involvement. Technically we’re still at undeclared war there. Maybe that’s about to finally end.
One could kind of see this developing around the time of the Olympics. Kim and Moon deserve the appreciation of their peoples and more. One wonders in Trump will get or take any credit for these developments. His supporters are already suggesting his name to the Nobel Committee. His detractors still detract. Time will tell.
Interesting. Hopeful. Inspiring.