While the world gets goose bumps over the historic agreement between North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the mood on the southern half of the Peninsula is one of hope, and of skepticism. Can the North be trusted?
South Korean tours to Mount Kumgang in the North were long seen as a symbol of cooperation. But with Seoul unwilling to defy US sanctions on Pyongyang, the tourist project has been on hold for over a decade.
The comparison with Germany is obvious, but it's limping: Hardly anyone in South Korea currently believes in reunification. The differences with the North are too great — and the everyday problems too pressing.
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has told the "wealthy country" it can afford to pay more for the stationing of US troops. Washington's 28,500-strong military presence costs Seoul under $1 billion a year.
After receiving a letter from Kim Jong Un, US President Trump said he was "never a fan" of joint US-South Korea war games. Trump indicated new talks could be ahead, even as North Korea continues to launch missiles.
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