The Korean Peninsula: A Future of Peace

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The Korean Peninsula: A Future of Peace

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North Korean and South Korean Olympic athletes compete under a united flag at this year’s competition. This act between the two countries posed a symbolic break in the nations, according to Vox.

Although both teams have played under this flag before, first in the World Table Tennis Championships and at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, this act comes at a vital time for the two as tensions have grown substantially over North Korea’s nuclear program.

Another sign of peace between the countries at the Olympics was when South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, shook hands with Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong. This interaction between the two furthers the speculation of reaching requisite peace for the two.

Along with these monumental steps towards peace, many other milestones between the countries have been accomplished; the border road in between both countries have been opened after almost two years, both agreed on having a joint women’s ice hockey team, it is the first time an immediate family member of Kim has set foot in South Korea since the Korean War in the 20th century, and the North plans to send a small group of 150 members to participate in the Paralympics in March.

But the public has different views on the issue.

According to BBC, “Tens of thousands of people are said to have signed online petitions urging President Moon Jae-in to scrap the plan.”

On top of that, the Japanese Prime Minister has stated that these actions displayed by the North are just “charm offensive” and that they should not be susceptible to it.

With a ray of optimism driven by recent interactions among the two feuding countries a world of peace on the Korean Peninsula is not so far an unthinkable fantasy, but a distant reality.

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