An event is taking place tomorrow, near the border between North and South Korea that hasn’t happened in more than two years. High level representatives from the North will meet face to face with high level representatives from the South. After a phone call heard around the world last week, when an official from the North spoke to an official from the South, the line of communication open back up. South Korea suggested that North Korea hold talks in person and the North accepted.
And according to the South Korea Unification Ministry, a group that works toward diplomacy with its northern neighbor, the topics will include, quote, issues related to improving inter-Korean relationships, including the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.
North and South Korea used to be one country. But today, most experts on the region say reunification is not likely, mostly because the two nations governments are so different from another. Would the communist government of North Korea be willing to give up its autocratic control and be absorbed by the South, or would voters in the democratic country of South Korea choose to be rule by the northern government? Those answers are almost certainly no.
But the fact that the two sides are talking, in a setting that’s unlike anywhere else in the world is considered a breakthrough.