North Korea has been on everybody’s mind from all the missile tests and Olympic shenanigans. Before the kickstart of South Korea’s Moon Jae In’s new “Sunshine Policy” and the Olympics, the near future of Korea was very uncertain, and speculation among many people and the media ran rampant. But after the closing of the Pyeongchang Olympics, a new frontier for diplomacy opened up for the Koreas that may make the next few months an interesting time to live in Korea.
April is predicted to be an eventful months especially for a lot of East Asia. The recent “mystery train” that arrived in Peking happened to be carrying the leader himself: Kim Jong Un. Kim met with Xi Jinping of China as his first diplomatic meeting with another foreign leader since he took power in 2011. Before then last month, South Korean officials visited the North and personally met with Kim Jong Un, which was back to back with his sister Kim Yo Jong visiting South Korea’s Moon Jae In.
For the events coming up in the next few months, the scheduled inter-Korean summit that will be held on the 27th of April between Kim and Moon Jae In. If you either had any attention or cared to look into it, the last summit was held between the years 2000 and 2007 until negotiations broke down from North Korea’s successful nuclear test and the inefficiencies of the Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye administrations. The other event most sought after is the future meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump. The meeting between these two controversial figures (to put it lightly) was met with much skepticism and understandable worries, considering the volatility of the two leaders.
The upcoming events of April should be a divergence from the hostilities we in Korea are all too familiar with. Who knows, maybe we can someday visit the North as a result of friendlier relations and diplomacy. North Korea’s future is unknown for now, but we can sure take a peek through predicting future events.