April 27, 2018
Peace House, Panmunjeom
"Together we have declared that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and a new era of peace has begun."
"President Moon and I agreed to measures that will pave the way to a new era of happiness and prosperity on peaceful land."
Three years ago today the entire world held its breath as the leaders of the two Koreas took their very first handshakes, very first photo side-by-side heralding the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade.
That was April, 2018 which would lead to a series of unprecedented events not only between the two Koreas but also between Pyeongyang and Washington.
Rosy prospects and hope of 2018 quickly turned disappointing to gloomy to icy over the next years and three years later in 2021 here we are relationship stalled with no breakthrough in sight.
The Panmunjeom Declaration of April 2018, three years on and the changing geopolitical dynamics in this region - Let's talk about it on News In-depth tonight with Andrei Lankov, Director of Korea Risk Group, NK news and Professor of Korean studies at Kookmin University.
Professor Lankov, thank you for joining us.
How do you assess the past 3 years of inter-Korean relations, and President Moon's Korea peace initiative?
Marking the third anniversary, President Moon Jae-in said that "it's time to resume the long-stalled dialogue", while the unification ministry also called for the resumption of inter-Korean talks at "all levels" at an early date. While relationship between the two Koreas remain sour, when and how do you expect talks to resume?
The Biden administration's North Korea policy will have a huge and lasting impact on inter-Korean relations. What kind of policy do you expect from the U.S. and how will North Korea respond?
South Korea-U.S. summit is set to be held at the end of next month, and President Moon expressed hopes that the talks will help reopen talks between North Korea and the U.S. Will the two leaders be able to iron out their differences in resolving the nuclear deadlock?
The two Koreas and the four major regional players, namely the U.S., China, Japan and Russia, are facing a change of dynamics with a new U.S. leader in the game who's approaching North Korea in a traditional and multilateral way. How are such regional dynamics impacting inter-Korean relations?
Andrei Lankov, Director of Korea Risk Group and NK news for us tonight. Always appreciate your insights. Thank you.