Yung Suk Kim
I have tears in my eyes, seeing the above scene that both leaders hold hands together and cross the dividing line together. This historic summit of South and North Korea is reminiscent of the parable of "the father and two sons" in Luke 15:11-32. President Moon Jae-In acts as "the father in the parable" in some sense. Kim Jong Un, the North Korean Leader, may be compared to the younger son/brother in the parable. Kim is younger than Moon by 31 years. Moon welcomes Kim so open-mindedly and warmly.
[Moon is waiting for Kim]
The older brother/son in the parable represents the right-wing parties and anti-communists in South Korea who don't like this summit.
But a new history is being made right now in the Korean peninsula, as Kim said.
[Left column: Kim Yeo Jung's writing on Feb 10 at her visit to the Blue House in South Korea; she was a special envoy sent by her brother, Kim Jung Un. Right column: Kim Jung Un's writing at the summit, April 27, 2018, about two months after her visit to South Korea. She wrote: "I hope Pyongyang and Seoul will get closer to Korean people's heart, expecting prosperity and reunification." Kim Jung Un wrote: "A new history starts now. Now is a time of peace. I stand at the starting line of the new history."]
Peace is possible because of the mutual trust. Kim is crossing the dividing line of the DMZ and enters into the South Korean territory. This is a very symbolic scene. He comes home in a sense. I pray that a peace treaty will come along the way. In the video footage, we see various movements of them back and forth. First, Kim crosses the dividing line into the south. This is the first time that the North Korean Leader has ever crossed into South Korea since 1953. Then Kim suggests that Moon also cross the line into North Korea; so they cross into the North together. Then, they cross back to South Korea. It is all a matter of the 5 cm-high dividing line at Panmunjom, which is only 60 km north of Seoul and about 150 km south of Pyongyang.
There was a devastating war in Korea from 1950 to 1953. The war stopped in 1953 with the armistice treaty made. This means both sides are at war technically. It needs to end. In the borderline between the South and North, the small blue-painted temporary houses were built after the armistice to conduct meetings to manage unnecessary tensions or conflicts. Through this small route between the blue-painted houses, they meet and cross the borderline back and forth. Healing and reconciliation must start right away. Love is stronger than hatred. They agreed to end the war and move toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Facing each other with full smiles
One step away from shaking hands
Kim is crossing a 50-cm-high dividing block between North and South Korea
Shaking hands in so close a distance
For a planted pine tree
Stone reads: "we plant peace and prosperity"
Walking in the forest
Tea time and secret conversation in the northern corner of the footbridge
Hugging like father and son
First ladies: Lee Sul-Ju and Kim Jung Sook (right)
At the dinner reception
The guy in tears is one of the key persons who prepared this meeting: Seo Hoon, CIA Dir.
The front person is Lim Jong Suk, the chief executive, and secretary in the president's office