His­toric Panmunjom hand­shake aside, peace re­mains elu­sive but within reach

Global Times US Edition - - ASIANREVIE­W - Page Ed­i­tor: wang­wen­[email protected] globaltime­s.com.cn

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a his­toric hand­shake on Sun­day in the truce vil­lage of Panmunjom.

The move that has cap­tured global gaze is a good­will ges­ture to im­prove bi­lat­eral ties in or­der to achieve a peace­ful set­tle­ment of the nu­clear is­sue on the Korean Penin­sula.

Af­ter the hand­shake, Trump crossed the Korean bor­der, be­com­ing the first sit­ting US pres­i­dent to en­ter North Korean ter­ri­tory in over six decades since the Korean War (1950-53).

When Trump and Kim met for the first time in Sin­ga­pore in June 2018, they reached an agree­ment on es­tab­lish­ing new North Korea-us re­la­tions and build­ing a last­ing and sta­ble peace regime on the penin­sula.

How­ever, their sec­ond sum­mit in Hanoi, Viet­nam four months ago ended abruptly with­out any agree­ment due to dif­fer­ences on the lift­ing of sanc­tions on North Korea and steps to de­nu­cle­arize the penin­sula.

For­tu­nately, an ex­change of let­ters be­tween Kim and Trump in June in­di­cated that the peace process on the Korean Penin­sula has not been de­railed.

The world is ex­pect­ing that their hand­shake will help restart talks be­tween Py­ongyang and Wash­ing­ton in or­der to turn the de­mil­i­ta­rized zone into a land of peace.

The only way to achieve peace is through di­a­logue, said South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in, who ac­com­pa­nied Trump to Panmunjom on Sun­day.

How­ever, as ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula have dragged on for decades and com­pli­cated fac­tors still re­main, one can­not ex­pect the is­sue to be solved overnight.

Py­ongyang’s ef­forts to ease ten­sions are ob­vi­ous to all and its le­git­i­mate con­cerns should be ac­com­mo­dated as all par­ties con­cerned try to push for the penin­sula’s denucleari­zation.

China through­out has played a con­struc­tive role in pro­mot­ing last­ing peace in the re­gion.

It staunchly sup­ports North Korea in seek­ing a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the Korean Penin­sula is­sue and has been pro­mot­ing denucleari­zation of the penin­sula and the es­tab­lish­ment of a peace mech­a­nism for decades.

At their meet­ing on the side­lines of the G20 sum­mit, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping told Trump that China sup­ports the US and North Korean lead­ers main­tain­ing di­a­logue and con­tact, meet­ing each other half-way and restart­ing the talks at an early date.

Sun­day’s hand­shake marks a fresh start in achiev­ing a break­through in the peace process.

Py­ongyang and Wash­ing­ton need to take fur­ther steps to meet each other half-way, and find a way out to ad­dress con­cerns through di­a­logue. The ar­ti­cle is a com­men­tary from the Xin­hua News Agency. opin­[email protected] globaltime­s.com.cn

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