This week’s historic meeting of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Panmunjom — the blue-boxed “truce village” in the Demilitarized Zone — is the first time the South will welcome a North Korean leader past the border since the Korean War, which reached an armistice but not a treaty in 1953.

 

The rather abrupt shift from animosity to diplomacy brokered by President Moon around the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is intended to lead to a one-on-one meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim sometime in June.

 

The three-way conversation between South, North and the United States is part of a complicated post-war legacy defined by military might, economic transformation and religious fervor that might finally be moving toward peace and renewal. GroundTruth in partnership with USC Annenberg‘s Knight Program in Media and Religion explores stories of faith, change and skepticism at a pivotal time for the peninsula.

— Kevin Grant and Kelly Kasulis

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