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It's Time to Formally End the Korean War

•, by Christine Ahn

Last night, President Donald Trump did what no other sitting U.S. president has done—he stepped foot onto North Korean soil and greeted North Korean chairman Kim Jong-un. And in typical Trump fashion, he staged a second dramatic crossing over the military demarcation line at Panmunjom with Kim, stepping together onto South Korean soil and greeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in before having a fifty-minute meeting in the South's Freedom House.

Leaving the DMZ, Trump said, "We moved mountains," and that working-level talks led by U.S. special representative Stephen Biegun would get started right away. "The meeting was a very good one, very strong . . . We're not looking for speed, we're looking to get it right."

To get it right, the first step the Trump administration should take is to offer North Korea a security guarantee, whether in the form of an end of war declaration or a non-aggression pact. It may have been, after all, what convinced Kim to meet Trump at Panmunjom.

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