South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North's main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, to accept global inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad, and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.
There were also agreements on inter-Korean relations such as a joint Olympic bid.
The idea, which would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust on the long-divided Korean peninsula, was included in a joint statement issued after a Pyongyang summit between the North's leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in.
For one, the status of USA troops stationed in South Korea would need to be redefined.
However, without more trust-building from the USA, the Kim regime will not put down its weapons.
The official said the government was going to distribute the mushrooms to South Korean families who haven't seen their relatives in North Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War and who have never been invited to government-arranged reunions.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had invited his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho to a meeting in NY, since he would be in the city for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, stepped into the shallow waters of Heaven Lake, regarded as the spiritual home of the Korean people, bent down at the knee and scooped up a glassful of water. Pyongyang has long sought their withdrawal. Currently, there are about 28,500 USA troops stationed in South Korea. He explained that the "measures" included ending hostile policies and "guaranteeing the North's safety". "Which Korea has committed countless acts of terror, war, threatened and killed [citizens of] the other Korea?"
Washington was ready to "engage immediately in negotiations" to achieve the North's denuclearisation by January 2021, Pompeo added - the end of Trump's first term. "We have lived together for 5,000 years and lived in separation for 70 years".
"While North Korea has stopped testing missiles and nuclear devices, they have NOT moved toward denuclearization", he tweeted.
It is an important caveat - Moon told reporters on his return to Seoul that the U.S. would need to "end hostile relations with North Korea and provide security guarantees for the North Korean regime". The ventures have the potential to violate worldwide sanctions imposed on North Korea.
The question is whether it would be enough for US President Donald Trump to pick up where Moon has left off.
At the summit, South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo and First Vice Minister of People's Armed Forces of North Korea No Kwang Chul signed a comprehensive military agreement to halt military exercises along the military demarcation line by November 1 and remove 11 guard posts in the DMZ by year's end.
None of this is to say North Korean denuclearization is an impossibility, or that we may not see advances more dramatic than the liaison office soon.
The most obvious candidate is Walkerhill, which is where Kim's sister stayed during her visit to Seoul.
Historians say the 5,000-year timeline of Korean history is a groundless claim that became part of South Korea's official narrative after being inserted in school textbooks during the rule of former dictator Chun Doo-hwan. "He seems honest in trying to end problems in the Korean peninsula".
"Only a few people have come today, but in the future, South Koreans and our people living overseas should come see Mount Paektu as well", he said, adding that Mount Paektu has become a "mountain of longing" ever since both Koreas were separated by war because those in the South are unable to physically reach it.