Walk the line

Walk the line

What are the most important outcomes of the historic meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea.


In the life of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large was without exaggeration a momentous event — the meeting of the leaders of the DPRK and the Republic of Korea. The main documented outcome of the summit was the joint Declaration, which defines the normalization of relations between the two countries that for more than 60 years to live — at least formally — in a state of war. On the transition of Kim Jong-UN and moon Jae-Ins across the border, joy sellers of noodles nanman and the chances for a peaceful bright future — in the material of the portal iz.ru.

Blurring the boundaries

The inter-Korean summit was held for the third time in history — the last such summit was held in 2007. Since then, relations with North Korea and its southern neighbour and other countries in the region and the planet in General have gone through several periods of relapse, therefore, hopes that the talks, Kim Jong-UN and moon Jae-Ins would lay the Foundation for the normalization of them, were many. About it says at least the detailed work plan of activities carried out in the framework of the summit, and largely symbolic.

An important element of this event, held in located in the demilitarized zone around Panmunjom, was the meeting between the two leaders on the border — rather, the demarcation line separating North and South since the end of the Korean war conflict ended in 1953, but never officially finished.

This line is a concrete strip with a width of about two feet and crossed Kim Jong-UN on the invitation of his colleagues, becoming the first leader of North Korea, set foot on South Korean soil. Then Kim and moon made it’s symbolic “trespassing” in reverse order, “having been” in North Korea.

“One small step for man but one giant leap for mankind” — these words of American astronaut Neil Armstrong said, first stepping on the moon. Has become the catch phrase is well suited for “walking” the leaders of North and South — at least in symbolic terms.

In my hand I hold your hand

Symbolism at the summit generally lacking. For example, Kim and moon together planted a tree — a pine tree, symbolizing peace and prosperity. The roots of the two leaders sprinkled too “on a parity basis” — and the earth on the sacred mount baekdu in the North, and the soil from Halla mountain in the South. Not by chance was chosen and the tree itself, which has found a new “home” — it’s growing since 1953, when the two Koreas were able to agree on a truce.

As balanced as the organizers tried to make even a menu for the meals of two leaders and their entourage — and not only gastronomy, but also from a geopolitical point of view. To treat participants decided and dishes typical of the North, and foods that are traditionally considered “southern”. Here, however, not without a small miscalculation — menu evening meal chefs of the South Korean President announced a few days before the meeting, and one of the dishes did not like… Japan.

The fact that mango mousse pastry decorated with small milk chocolate bar with the image of the Korean Peninsula, which included the island and the Apple iigs (in Korean, Dokdo). The problem is that this small area of the territory is disputed — Japan Islands called Takeshima, imposes on them their rights. The case ended with a protest by the Japanese foreign Ministry, but it seems that this “bitterness” did not spoil the appetite of senior consumers.