Guards are no longer armed while tourist visits are allowed. Civilians also get to walk on the footbridge where President Moon and Chairman Kim had a private chat during their first summit.
President Moon sends video message reflecting on significance of peace and inter-Korean relations.
US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS
Korean first vice foreign minister says Pyongyang won’t succumb to Washington’s pressure.
A Nation investigation reveals a Rashomon-like tale with conflicting truths.
JAPAN-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his commitment to holding a North Korea-Japan summit, stating his desire to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without any preconditions.
NORTH KOREA NEWS
“The first phase of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s post-Hanoi strategy is apparently strengthening his hand in his negotiations with the US by launching a new honeymoon in North Korea-Russia relations. Kim also signaled a ‘strategic shift’ in future talks with the US by treating Russia, a traditional ally of North Korea, as a new messenger. Kim’s message that he will be refocusing the agenda of the denuclearization talks around a security guarantee for the North Korean regime is thought to prefigure a change in the way the negotiations are framed.”
Reports indicate that Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee Vice Chairman Kim Yong-chol, who has overseen the North’s dealings with South Korea and the US, including its high-stakes denuclearization talks with the US, since last year, was abruptly replaced as the director of the WPK United Front Department by Jang Kum-chol, a member of the Korea-Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.
On Apr. 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that a security guarantee for the North Korean regime would be necessary for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, during a solo press conference held after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vladivostok.
SOUTH KOREA NEWS
On the first day of the “Reiwa” era with Crown Prince Naruhito taking the throne as Japan’s new emperor, survivors of forced labor during Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea began final procedures to seize assets from Japanese companies implicated in war crimes by converting the companies’ stocks in South Korea into cash.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration on Apr. 27, people in support of inter-Korean peace and reconciliation formed a “human chain” along the South Korean side of the DMZ that stretched from Paju, Gyeonggi Province, to Cheorwon, Gangwon Province.
The United Nations Command (UNC) has approved phase one of South Korea’s “Peace Trail” project, which includes plans to open three hiking routes along the DMZ.
South Korea’s Constitutional Court on April 11 ruled as unconstitutional a 66-year-old law that made abortion a crime punishable by up to two years in prison, calling for an amendment to the law.
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