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* Date : 2019-01-01
Foreign journalists' outlook of inter-Korean relations in 2019
2018 was a remarkable year in inter-Korean relations, as the two Koreas warmed up to each other in an unprecedented fashion following a year marked by tensions in 2017. President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held three separate cross-border summits, which also led to the historic North Korea-U.S. summit as well. Thawing tensions between the South and North also allowed for active inter-Korean cooperation and exchanges, with the two sides holding family reunions for the first time in three years while fielding joint athletic squads for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. However, not everything went as smoothly as expected. Kim Jong-un's promised reciprocal visit to Seoul failed to materialize in 2018, while North Korea-U.S. ties hit an impasse following the postponement of a high-level meeting between the two sides, which was originally scheduled for November. Overall, how will inter-Korean relations play out in 2019? Could we see the signing of a peace treaty and the formal declaration to end the Korean War? Will North Korea remain on the path towards complete denuclearization and will the U.S. reward its gesture of faith by easing its economic sanctions on the regime? In this week's edition of "Foreign Correspondents", we sit down with our panel of foreign journalists to talk about all of these issues and more.
- Andrew Salmon, Journalist / Asia Times
- Frank Smith, Correspondent / Press TV
- Sakabe Tetsuo, Journalist / NNA
- Stanislav Variboda, Journalist / Itar-TASS