Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un spent 2017 arguing back and forth with US President Donald Trump, suggesting that 2018 was going to finally be the year when "the little rocket man" and "the mentally deranged US dotard" would finally take their mutual hatred to a higher DEFCON.
But, in a surprise gesture, during his 2018 New Year’s address – which was full of barbs aimed at the US – Kim offered an olive branch to the Republic of Korea (ROK), saying he was “open to dialogue” and wanted to “create a peaceful environment” on the Korean Peninsula.
ROK president Moon Jae-in jumped at the chance and, for the first time in two years, both sides of the DMZ are in dialogue.
"The crisis isn't over"
- The Guardian
"North Korea must ‘earn its way back’ to negotiations and abandon nuclear weapons"
- The Washington Post
"Inter-Korean talks lift chill over Winter Olympics"
- The Straits Times
Test your knowledge on the latest developments between the two Koreas.
Eight questions on the DPRK-ROK peace talks
Read each question carefully. Test your memory by filling in the blanks with the correct answer from the latest media headlines about the peace talks between the DPRK and the ROK.
Kim Jong Un says he has a ’ _____’ on his desk ready for use
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Kim Jong Un’s overture could drive a wedge between South Korea and _____
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Seoul offers high-level talks with North Korea over _____
3 / 8
Donald Trump Twitter threat has '_____' World War 3 threat from North Korea (DPRK)
4 / 8
_____, where Korean soldiers and negotiators meet
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DPRK to send high-level delegation, _____ to South Korea-hosted Winter Olympics
6 / 8
Trump celebrates North Korea (DPRK) peace talks by _____ Japan
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China _____ efforts by the DPRK and South Korea to improve ties, Xi says