North Korea’s “Peace Gift” to South Korea

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North Korea’s “Peace Gift” to South Korea

President Moon Jae-in and the first lady with their dogs sent from North Korea President Kim Jong Un

President Moon Jae-in and the first lady with their dogs sent from North Korea President Kim Jong Un

President Moon Jae-in and the first lady with their dogs sent from North Korea President Kim Jong Un

President Moon Jae-in and the first lady with their dogs sent from North Korea President Kim Jong Un

Yuna Baek

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In the past years, the relationship between North Korea and South Korea have been very distant and “ruff,” but as time is passing they both share close ties with one another. On September 30, it was reported that the President of North Korea, Kim Jong Un sent two parent Pungsan dogs to South Korea’s President, Moon Jae In, at the Pyongyang summit this year.

Recently in November, the Blue House tweeted on Twitter that the dogs had six puppies and also pictures of the puppies with Moon Jae In and the first lady, in which Moon Jae In labeled them as “symbols of peace.” Pungsan dogs are a rare breed known for their bravery and ability to hunt, originating from North Korea.

However, this isn’t the very first time this has happened. Back during the Inter-Korean Summit in 2000, past North Korean President Kim Jong-il sent two Pungsan dogs to past South Korea President Kim Dae-Jung, while Kim Dae Jung sent two traditional South Korean Jindo dogs to Kim Jong-il. The names of the two dogs were originally Unity and Independence, but soon altered to We and Two.  

It seems like Kim Jong Un is off to new and “pawsitive” thoughts for a beginning to having peace between the two separate countries.