by James Trottier
The Globe and Mail
April 27, 2018
Leaders of North Korea and South Korea met in an historic and symbolic summit on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone, the first time that a North Korean leader had entered South Korea since the Korean War.
The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un hoped to begin to ease sanctions, enhance the legitimacy of his regime, move toward a peace treaty and persuade South Korea to re-engage with North Korea. South Korea’s Moon Jae-in looked to move beyond the threat of a conflict, get a commitment from Mr. Kim regarding denuclearization and improve relations between the two Koreas.
Most importantly, this meeting was to lay the groundwork for the planned summit between Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump with Moon Jae-in playing an intermediary role. Mr. Moon endeavoured to get Mr. Kim to be as forthcoming as possible regarding denuclearization in order to ensure that Mr. Trump would actually go through with the summit...