South Koreans and foreign dignitaries were treated to a light show in the truce village of Panmunjom during a celebration of the first anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, Saturday, April 27, 2019. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES
South Koreans and foreign dignitaries were treated to a light show in the truce village of Panmunjom during a celebration of the first anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, Saturday, April 27, 2019. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

South Koreans celebrate summit anniversary, but N. Korea’s a no-show

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

PANMUNJOM, South Korea — A spectacular light show decorated a building and one of South Korea’s most famous K-pop stars sang John Lennon’s peace anthem “Imagine.”

For a few hours on Saturday, the truce village of Panmunjom was turned into an outdoor concert hall as South Korea celebrated the first anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit.

The North Koreans, however, were nowhere in sight and their side of the Joint Security Area that straddles the heavily fortified border was silent.

The contrast underscored how much the situation has deteriorated since nuclear talks with the United States stalled, setting back President Moon Jae-in’s hopes for peace.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.578794

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