Student Opinions: Newfound Peace Between Koreas

By Alex B.

Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, seems to have taken a complete 180 in international affairs in his most recent deal with South Korea.

On April 27, 2018, the leaders of North and South Korea, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, signed the Panmunjom Declaration, which marked an official peace between the two nations. The entire world is now able to take a deep breath, as tensions between them have reduced.

Kim Jong-un is also willing to consider denuclearization, which allows leaders across the world to breathe a sigh of relief. The nuclear threats made by North Korea, towards the United States in particular, in the past have stressed many people out, Duxbury students included.

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(Image of Kim Jong-un and Moon Sae-in from The Diplomat. Read more about the peace deal between the Koreas here)

Most Duxbury students think positively about the new deal between the Koreas. “I think it’s good that they’re finally at peace,” Junior Chase D. said.

Sophomore Willy T. said, “I think it’s a good step for peace, especially since that area has had high tensions, especially recently, and it’s been that way since the Korean War, and it’s good that they are taking a step towards resolving it.”

However, some students are speculative about the drastic change in Kim Jong-un’s behavior. Junior Jack D. said, “I feel like it’s not going to last. I feel like South Korea has always been very peaceful, but North Korea has always been aggressive.”

Moon Jae-in has been quoted saying, “President Trump can take the Nobel prize.” This quote has stirred up controversy between the American people, with some agreeing with the South Korean president, and others blasting him and stating that Trump deserves nothing.

Student opinions on this varied. Chase D. said, “I think that we shouldn’t give all the credit to one man, as it was a joint effort.”

“I don’t know a lot about what Trump did to help this treaty,” Junior Kyle L. said, “I don’t know what he did to help make peace, or if any other [people] helped, but I’m not opposed to him getting it.”

Some students disagreed with the statement by the South Korean president. “I think that’s false, and I feel like it might have just been Trump saying, ‘Hey, can you say a nice thing about me?’,” said Will T. “I don’t really think he had that big of an impact, and from what I have heard and think, it’s just North and South Korea wanting to fix it after the Olympics. Maybe there’s a little bit to do with Trump, but it’s not [primarily] about him.”

Overall, Duxbury students are happy with the peace between North and South Korea, and agree that it’s a good step towards world peace. Though, some would want to keep their guards up, as this is a strange 180 in behavior from Kim Jong-un.

As Jack D. said, “A tiger doesn’t change its stripes overnight.”

(Feature Image from NPR)

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