Touted as the Hermit Kingdom, the North Korea was once part for many centuries of a united Korean Peninsula, together with South Korea. The separation story began when Japan occupied Korea in 1910. Japan colonized the Peninsula for the next 35 years, ending it only with their surrender to the Allies during the Second World War. After the bombing in Nagasaki, Japan announced its unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945 and had its formal surrender on 2 September 1945 which ended World War II. Thereafter, the Koreans in the North yielded to the Soviets while those in the South surrendered to the Americans.
On 12 June 2018, the Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un Summit happened in Sentosa Singapore, igniting hopes once again for North Korea to negotiate with the international community. The event has been described as historical by the media as the hermitic kingdom seems to be showing signs of opening up to the world.
In spite of all the reunification efforts in the past decades, nothing constructive and substantive has been achieved. With the failed reconciliation attempts in the past, the lingering question looms largely on the horizon – Why the seemingly present turnaround on the part of North Korea?
The full article can be accessed at https://shabka.org/blog/2018/06/21/hermit-kingdom-opening-up/
Published originally on 21 June 2018 at Shabka
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