The Pyongyang Summit in June 2000

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Korean breakthrough
Editorial by Bungo Osawa, Mainichi, 11 April 2000. In a move that could put an end to over half a century of bitter enmity, North Korea and South Korea will in June hold the first-ever summit between the leaders of the fierce rivals. Officials across the globe hailed the decision, which could eventually bring peace to two halves of a divided nation that have formally been at war since 1950.
Divergent Expectations
By Doug Struck, Washington Post, Thursday 18 May 2000. The wide gap in expectations between North and South Korea as they head into a historic summit next month. Those watching the growing South Korean enthusiasm for the meeting, scheduled for June 12 to 14 in Pyongyang, warn this gap could endanger chances for its success.
Korean summit undercuts ’Star Wars’
By Tim Wheeler, People's Weekly World, 12 June 2000. The June 12 meeting of the two Korean presidents in Pyongyang was greeted by peace organizations as a step toward ending the 50-year confrontation on the peninsula. The meeting also countered Clinton administration claims that the U.S. needs an anti-missile system to defend against the DPRK, which it brands a rogue nation.
The Korean summit
Editorial, Mainichi Shimbun, 14 June 2000. On June 13, South Korean President Kim Dae-jung was greeted by North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Il at the airport outside Pyongyang. The summit meeting, the first since the Korean Peninsula was divided 55 years ago, got off to an unexpectedly warm start.
Civic groups, labor unions pledge three days without demonstrations
Korea Herald, 14 June 2000. In a show of support for the inter-Korean summit, civic groups and labor unions are refraining from holding large-scale downtown protest rallies and news conferences during the three-day meeting. Most veterans' organizations, including the Korean Veterans Association, also announced their intention to put off scheduled mass gatherings until after the summit.
World Smiles, Pentagon Uneasy at Korea Breakthrough
By Jim Lobe, IPS, 16 June 2000. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori compared it to the collapse of the Berlin Wall, while the foreign ministry in Beijing called it a major event of historic significance. While all of Asia and most of the world embraced this week's summit, in Washington the reaction was decidedly less enthusiastic.
Koreas Stop Propaganda Broadcasts
By Paul Shin, AP, 17 June 2000. Responding to an olive branch from North Korea, South Korea ordered the suspension Friday of all anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts and promised swift action on agreements reached at their historic summit.
Inter-Korean summit begins
Mainichi, Wednesday 14 June 2000. South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il put aside more than half a century of bitter enmity Tuesday when they warmly shook as Kim Dae-jung arrived for a monumental three-day round of summit talks.