December 05, 2023

Parsing the Panmunjom Declaration

A historic Kim-Moon agreement represents progress, but the really tough issues all lie ahead

The third North-South Summit turned out largely as scripted. With impressive visuals, it produced a wide-ranging declaration of intent which raised plenty of red flags for skeptics.

It is premature to reach a judgment; all of the details will require subsequent negotiations. The central question coming out of the summit is how the North-South track and the nuclear track will be linked.