Handshake for peace

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Optimism now oozes that with the Singapore summit, there is also the big possibility the Koreas which are in state of war for a long time might become one again, like what happened to East and West Germany in 1990.

It was a handshake – a simple handshake at that – lasting for about 10 seconds and the world inured to despotism watched with keen interest.

Being over and done with, many ‘’encomiums’’ necessarily followed the Singapore summit between North Korea’s strongman Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump.

As the two leaders might have engaged in a swift exchange of concessions and promises – and we won’t say pleasantries – the historic meeting is being felt and continues to be felt like a political earthquake throughout the world hankering for true and lasting peace.

Such a political earthquake that brings no damage but a real sense of security was perhaps felt all the more in the Korean peninsula and its vicinities.

Just a few months ago, North Korea and the United States were engaged in a vicious exchange of words the led many to believe the two leaders might be leading their countries and the world into nuclear armageddon.

Knowing full well we’re no longer on that dangerous path, all those anxieties and serious concerns associated with war have somehow evaporated.

As we may not be very much sure what exactly were agreed upon in the Singapore summit, it can be safely assumed that ceasing the US-South Korea war games is a significant concession.

In return, North Korea has committed to undergo a denuclearization which should be ‘’complete,’’ and ‘’verifiable,’’ — something that should not be on paper alone.

Optimism now oozes that with the Singapore summit, there is also the big possibility the Koreas which are in state of war for a long time might become one again, like what happened to East and West Germany in 1990.

The reaction from across the world towards a dramatic day in Singapore was generally one of hope for peace and probably prosperity.

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