* Date : 2018-04-29
After years of icy silence, spring has finally arrived on the Korean peninsula. The leaders of the two Koreas sat down for summit talks on Apr. 27, opening doors to cross-border dialogue after a 11-year hiatus. The latest summit marks the third of its kind since the division of the peninsula. The first one held in Jun. 2000 produced the landmark June 15th Joint Declaration, which included the pursuit of bilateral economic cooperation. The second summit talks between the South and North in Oct. 2007 resulted in another key declaration calling for, among other things, fostering mutual respect and trust and ending military hostilities on the peninsula. Building on the legacy of the two past summits, the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit declared a new start towards peace. We are joined by lawmaker Park Jie-won of the Party for Democracy and Peace, a special envoy to the North for the 2000 summit, Shim Jae-kwon, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee at the National Assembly and Han Wan-sang, former Deputy Prime Minister for Unification, the members of the South Korean delegation to the 2007 summit to take a look back at the outcomes and challenges of the first two meetings and discuss the historical significance of the 2018 summit.