Koreas: Preparing for Peace

Aug 2000 | News Corporation

For the first time ever, the leaders of communist North Korea and capitalist South Korea are meeting, ending 55 years of diplomatic silence and military standoff on a peninsula that is still technically at war. The summit comes at a crucial time for North Korea, which is just emerging from a massive famine that may have killed as many as 2.5 million people over the last five years. For the country's isolated Stalinist leadership, the summit will focus on continued food aid and increased assistance from the West and South Korea to rescue a devastated economy. This interactive guide to the summit provides background information, history of military conflict, and current social and economic situation in both countries.

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