US/NORTH KOREA SUMMIT MUST BRING PEACE

WE have been watching with keen interest events unfolding on the international scene, especially in the Korea peninsular and the meeting today between the United States of America and North Korea.

Intriguingly, the two Koreans who are of the same breed have not been on good terms for over five decades as a result of the heavy military barricade that divides them.

The uneasy calm existing in the peninsular and the thaw in relation between the US and North Korea is about to manifest a deal that would see denuclearisation of North Korea and eventually bring peace to the area.

The unfolding events must be of great relief for the people of South Korea who have devoted time to mobilise international attention and support in their quest for peaceful co-existence with their neighbours.

The fact that Pyongyang and Washington have decided to hold the historic meeting after days of uncertainty, gives hope for peaceful resolution of their differences over nuclear programme.

As we watch the groundbreaking summit between the leaders of the two countries, it is our hope that the two countries who are meeting one-on-one for the first time would strike a deal to move closer to peace in the area.

The US and North Korea have been at logger heads over the nuclear programme of the North Korea and matters came to head when North Korea defied all  the  international protocols and UN resolutions and launch his long range missiles (hydrogen bombs).

The US viewed the nuclear test then as a affront to the world and also launched scathing verbal attacks against the Korean leader. Thankfully, the two leaders have agreed to tone down and meet at the round table to resolve the insecurity and instability surrounding the pursuit of nuclear programme.

The North Korean leader who presides over a country that the World Food Programme estimates that 40 per cent of its population to be malnourished  has seen the wisdom to pursue economic reforms and open up the country for international trade and commerce to reap the benefits of  globalisation.

For a very long time the North Korean leader had concentrated much on militarism at the expense of the economy which is the lifeline of the population. Good judgment has now prevailed and the North Korean leader must have realised the need to bequeath to its people not only a heavily fortified fearsome state, but a vibrant and strong economy that would bring wealth and growth to the economy of the country.

The Ghanaian Times lauds the peace overtures of the two leaders and wish them well in their deliberations.

We hope that the discussions would bring about far-reaching understanding over the nuclear programme that is of peaceful nature, to ease tension for global peace and stability.

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