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FROM EIR DAILY ALERT


Great Day in History: Korea, China, India Launch Asian Century

April 27, 2018 (EIRNS)—April 27, 2018, will be remembered as a great moment in history. India and China launched a new era of peace and cooperation, while in Korea, a process was started to end the 65 years of “no peace” since the Korean War. South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s Summit in Panmunjeom today resulted in a friendly discussion and a “Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula” beyond nearly all expectations.

The Declaration begins: “During this momentous period of historical transformation on the Korean Peninsula, reflecting the enduring aspiration of the Korean people for peace, prosperity and unification, President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea held an Inter-Korean Summit Meeting at the Peace House at Panmunjeom on April 27, 2018.”

It then states unequivocally: “there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun.”

The document then has three sections. The first calls for reconnecting the people of Korea to

“bring forward the future of co-prosperity and unification led by Koreans by facilitating comprehensive and groundbreaking advancement in inter-Korean relations.”

This includes: “determining the destiny of the Korean nation on their own accord,” holding high-level negotiations in all fields; establishing a

“joint liaison office with resident representatives of both sides in the Gaeseong [Kaesong] region in order to facilitate close consultation between the authorities as well as smooth exchanges and cooperation between the peoples”

(nothing was said about reopening the Kaesong industrial park, but it is clearly in the plans); “actively staging various joint events on the dates that hold special meaning for both South and North Korea;” reuniting divided families; and, most important, to

“promote balanced economic growth and co-prosperity of the nation. As a first step, the two sides agreed to adopt practical steps towards the connection and modernization of the railways and roads on the eastern transportation corridor [from the South to the Rason port, where Russia has already built a rail connection to Vladivostok] as well as between Seoul and Sinuiju”

along the west coast to the Chinese border at Dandong. (Emphases are added.)

These rail connections would finally complete the Eurasian Land-Bridge “from Busan to Rotterdam” as proposed by Lyndon LaRouche in the 1990s.

The second category is to “eliminate the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula.” This includes: “a complete cease of all hostile acts;” transforming the DMZ into a “peace zone;” turning the hotly contested border region in the Yellow Sea into a “maritime peace zone to prevent accidental military clashes and guarantee safe fishing activities”; holding frequent meetings of military officials and defense ministers, to begin in May.

The third section calls for the establishment of a “permanent and solid peace regime.” Since the Korean War was a UN declared “police action”—war was never declared—such a “peace regime” would not require approval as a treaty in Congress. Disarmament talks could follow to cut back on the huge military forces on both sides; and move toward the “common goal” of “complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.”

They also agreed to

“actively pursue trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States, or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the United States and China, with a view to declaring an end to the War and establishing a permanent peace regime.”

The two leaders agreed to keep in close touch, and that President Moon will visit Pyongyang in the fall.

President Trump tweeted:

“After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell! KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”

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