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Two Koreas agree to restore military communication lines

Two Koreas agree to restore military communication lines

Expert on North Korea indicates that nation is expected to take measures to denuclearize in 2-3 weeks.

Flying under the radar of the President Donald Trump-deranged American media are key developments from the US-North Korea summit that indicate it was an enormous success, and there are very positive signs that the breech between the two Koreas will soon begin to heal. The two nations have agreed to completely restore their military communication lines during their first general-grade military talks in more than a decade.

During the talks, they also exchanged opinions on demilitarizing the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom on a trial basis, it said.

They held the talks at Tongilgak, a North Korea-controlled building at the village, in line with the April 27 inter-Korean summit declaration that calls for joint efforts to alleviate military tensions and “practically eliminate the danger of war.”

The agreement is part of the trust-building phase that will hopefully formally end the Korean War.

During Thursday’s meeting, the military officials also agreed to restore a military communication line along the eastern coat that the North shut down in 2011.

The possible trust-building steps discussed between the military officials included disarming on a “trial basis” the Joint Security Area in the Panmunjom, which is the only spot in the Demilitarized Zone where the rivals’ soldiers stand almost face to face. The area was where North Korean leader Kim stepped across the demarcation line to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in for their historic summit in April. It was also where a defecting North Korean soldier fled south last year in a hail of bullets fired by his former comrades.

South Korean Maj. Gen. Kim Do-gyun told reporters before the talks that the southern delegation would “invest our best efforts to bring in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

Furthermore, an expert on North Korea indicates that the nation is expected to take measures to denuclearize within the next two to three weeks.

Former Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok, currently a senior researcher at the private think tank Sejong Institute, made the remark during a forum hosted by the institute in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, to analyze the outcome of the Tuesday summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Lee also took a view that the United States, in line with the North’s implementation of such measures, will come up with rudimentary steps it could take to ease economic sanctions on the North and normalize its relations with Pyongyang, expecting that Washington and Pyongyang will reveal details not included in the accord released by the two countries after the Singapore summit.

Finally, another regional leader is now planning to meet with Kim Jong Un.

Japan is reportedly working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with one possibility including the premier’s visit to Pyongyang around August.

Citing multiple government sources, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday that officials from the two countries had been in contact several times in recent months to negotiate a possible meeting between the two leaders.

I anticipate that American “journalists” will continue to marinate in Trump derangement syndrome rather than accurately report on these historic developments.  The elite media has been in a desperate scramble to cut the string of success President Donald Trump has enjoyed, so in the wake of the success of the Singapore summit, the IG report has been released and the New York Attorney General is suing Trump, his three oldest children, and the Trump Foundation.

Additionally, there has been much #FakeNews coverage of Trump’s salute to a North Korean military official.

“It’s a common courtesy when a military official from another government salutes that you return that,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said during a briefing with reporters.

In the documentary, the president was shown saluting the officer — Gen. No Kwang-chol, the North Korean defense chief — after first trying to shake the general’s hand. Mr. Kim is shown standing nearby.

According to military protocol, it is customary to salute officers of friendly foreign nations, though it is unclear whether the relationship between the two countries can best be categorized as a congenial one. Despite the photogenic warmth between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim, the president has repeated his determination to continue imposing sanctions on the North until it abandons its nuclear weapons. And, Ms. Sanders said, the president addressed the North’s human rights record with Mr. Kim when they met.

Likely, their surprise when the Korean War formally ends will be on par with the shock they received Nov. 8, 2016.


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“The stone that was rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. It is wonderful in our eyes.”

See, talking to S. Korea like this means a lot more than talking to Trump. They have to talk to Trump for PR purposes and to sell it to their own military so that they don’t lose all progress in a coup. But, on the ground, it’s the two Koreas talking to each other that genuinely matters.

I’m saying something I’ve seen hundreds of Internet commentators reject, so feel free to take it with a grain of salt, but that is my view.

    healthguyfsu in reply to JBourque. | June 15, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I’ll reject it because you’ve provided no proof of your assertion. The article you are commenting on does not either.

    If you look up catalyst, you might draw a good analogy to the US in this situation. Our home turf isn’t threatened militarily by any of this, but we have commercial interests and allies in the region.

    Japan is also not talking to NK without US efforts, and that is nearly as important as talks between the Koreas.

    clintack in reply to JBourque. | June 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Yes and No.

    The two Koreas talking is a huge deal — but it’s not just some random coincidence that it’s happening the same week as the Singapore summit.

    Valerie in reply to JBourque. | June 16, 2018 at 8:36 am

    It gets rejected because so many people are very well aware of how WWI started.

    These two neighbors have allies.

    mailman in reply to JBourque. | June 16, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    None of this is happening within a vacuum. The reason the Norks are speaking to the South IS because of America…and more specifically because of Trump! He is the game changer in this whole equation that the liberal lift refuses to acknowledge.

Doesn’t happen without Trump and his big stick…

nevertrumpers are going to be really disappointed. They wish for failure.

I’ve suddenly got a funny feeling that this could be used in conjunction with the artificial islands constructed by China to annex the whole peninsula, like Russia did to Crimea.

Get the South to disarm, then invade with the North Korean collaborators and dare the West to do something about it.

I thought that I would make a comment on the picture of Trump saluting the DPRK general.

The picture was taken out of context. In the entire video, Trump is presented to the general and Trump extends his hand for the general to shake. A salute is given to another military man and, as the general initiated the salute, this would indicate that he was addressing Trump as a military leader. Trump, being the CIC of the US Military, returned the salute as a courtesy. When taken in context, this action accrues to Trump’s benefit.