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The Path to Stability on the Korean Peninsula - the Unimpeded Development of North-South Relations

The BBC-News reported earlier today that the leaders of North Korea and South Korea have met for a summit at the demilitarized border between the two countries. This second summit between the North's Kim Jong-un and the South's Moon Jae-in, comes on the heels of United States (US) President Donald Trump's cancellation of a summit between himself and the North Korean.

Relations between the Koreas have been rocky. Yet, warming signs have emerged from the thawed relation ever since the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, when the North accepted the South's invitation to the games and where they both paraded together under one flag. After the games, the two Korean leaders met for the first time at the demilitarized zone between the two countries in a powerful example of thawing relations.

However, rather than allowing their relationship to flourish unimpeded by outside influence, a hastily agreed summit was announced between Trump and Jong-un. Insults, boasts and threats were exchanged between the US and North Korea leading up to the planned June 12 summit in Singapore. Trump canceled the summit earlier week in spite of offering a suggestion that it could still take place. 

But the crux to stability on the Korean peninsula is inherent within a developed trusted relationship between North and South. The two nations appear to function well and effectively with regards to developing their relationship minus any outside influence. 

Therefore, instead of pushing and forcing for a summit between North Korea and the US for some form of denuclearization deal that could inevitably be broken by  either side, then, perhaps the best path forward to stability on the Korean peninsula might be allowing the relationship between the North and the South to develop deeper unimpeded by any outside influence. Subsequently, a more lasting and viable agreement could be made toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.