Seoul: 28 July 2021 (TDI)
Recently, North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un and South Korean President, Moon Jae-in exchanged their letters expressing their aims to improve relations that hoped to bring positive effects on the development of the north-south relations.
Technically, both Koreas endure the 1950-1953 Korean war that ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.
In 2018, both countries were good with other’s relations where they actively cooperated and met three times. However, North-South relations collapsed at its second summit because of the tensions between Mr. Kim and US President, Donald Trump. As a result, it worsened the relations between North and South and led to cut off all military and political communication links.
In April 2021, they restored their severed cross-border communications after a failed summit between the two countries back in 2020.
Pyongyang struggles to control the coronavirus pandemic and a deepening economic crisis. Likewise, Seoul aims to manage its nuclear diplomacy and is open to aid and humanitarian assistance. As the two Koreas’ communication is restored, both urge to move toward improving ties, as well as rebuilding mutual trust and promoting reconciliation.