In the past years, the relationship between North Korea and South Korea have been very distant and “ruff,” but as time is passing they both share close ties with one another. On September 30, it was reported that the President of North Korea, Kim Jong Un sent two parent Pungsan dogs to South Korea’s President, Moon Jae In, at the Pyongyang summit this year.
Pungsan dogs are a rare breed known for their bravery and ability to hunt, originating from North Korea. And, the fact that they were gifted to South Korean President Moon, is symbolic of the recent talks between the two rival countries. Recently in November, the Blue House tweeted on Twitter that the dogs had six puppies and also pictures of the puppies with Moon Jae In and the First Lady, in which Moon Jae In labeled them as “symbols of peace.”
However, this isn’t the very first time this has happened. Back during the Inter-Korean Summit in 2000, past North Korean President Kim Jong-il sent two Pungsan dogs to past South Korea President Kim Dae-Jung, while Kim Dae Jung sent two traditional South Korean Jindo dogs to Kim Jong-il. The names of the two dogs were originally Unity and Independence, but soon altered to We and Two.
Those symbolic gifts did not seem to amount to much in results for the two countries considering the bitter ties were only exacerbated. However, this time around there is a sense of hope that this gift exchange was not only for image sake. There are indeed critics that believe that this symbolic gesture from North Korea is just a facade. Despite the criticisms, this hope continues to endure and there is still much news of possible peace between the two countries.
In the end, wherever one stands on the current relationship between North and South Korea, it seems like Kim Jong Un is off to new and “pawsitive” thoughts for a beginning to having peace between the two separate countries.
Yuna Baek, Grade 11
Sage Hill School