Korean War in the fifties led to the bifurcation of the Korean peninsula as a fall out of the cold war era between the two superpowers – the United States and the former Soviet Union.
The division caused a sour relationship between the US and North Korea in the subsequent years.
But the relationship is certainly going to change its discourse after the recent historic meeting between the US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un.
The US-North Korea relations aggravated in the recent years after North Korea’s numerous nuclear tests and threat to use nuclear missiles against the US.
The North Korea-US Summit was held on June 12, 2018, in Singapore hosted by the Lee Hsien Loong’s government.
The meeting drew worldwide attention as Trump was the first sitting US President to meet a North Korean President.
The meeting led to the signing of a joint agreement titled “Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit.”
Kim Jong Un agreed to complete de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
As a concession to North Korea, Trump assured to call off the regular American war exercise with South Korea. He also assured that the US would remove its troops and stop military operations in South Korea.
The historic meeting has immense significance to India, apart from its great importance in the world politics.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) hailed the Summit as a “positive development” that would help New Delhi in the long run.
“We also hope that the resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue will take into account and address our concerns about proliferation linkages extending to India’s neighbourhood,” said an MEA statement after the Summit.
Some experts said the historic agreement might pause the supply of nuclear weapons to Pakistan from North Korea and also China’s growing influence to some extent.
It will help India expand its trading base in North Korea in the subsequent years, they added.
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Sivangi Dash studies B.A. History, Honors at Ramjas College, University of Delhi.