But it also takes two, and in this case three, for the tango. President Kim Dae Jung has consistently committed to reconciliation. While this will continue, there is some consensus that its approach has made little progress alongside the first North-South Summit. The house`s support for its policy has always been broad, but not profound, a situation that persists even after the June 2000 summit. A small minority of South Koreans are unfailingly supportive of President Kim, and a minority on an equal footing is clearly opposed to the sun`s policy. The vast majority of views are somewhere in between. Beyond the pressure to make steady progress, Kim`s political strength – and his ability to engage – could be threatened by breaches of national governance, including an economic crisis and accusations of corruption within his government. The internal quagmire could become more difficult in the decency of the 2002 presidential elections and it is by no means certain that the next South Korean government, particularly a government led by the current opposition Grand National Party, would follow President Kim`s approach if dramatic results were not achieved by then. On September 3, 2017, North Korea tested a thermonuclear weapon.  The bomb was then estimated at 250 kilotons, based on a closer examination of the seismic data.
 Relations between North and South Korea have warmed somewhat since then, starting with North Korea`s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.   MELBOURNE, Australia – The agreements reached by North and South Korean heads of state and government at this week`s summit are important steps that have the potential to significantly ease tensions on the Korean peninsula. However, according to the experts, an ongoing verification of compliance with the agreements will be necessary. After the war, when South Korean President Syngman Rhee disagreed with the U.S. aspiration for a ceasefire with China and the separation between North and South Korea under U.S. intervention by the United Nations, the two Koreas were divided on July 27, 1953. After the Geneva Conference in 1954, Rhee hoped for the reunification of the United Nations before his resignation in 1960.  The goals of a new government remain unchanged – stability, non-proliferation, reconciliation, and a strong American alliance. The control of North Korea`s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles was and remains a major priority of the United States, but that does not preclu her much more active effort be made to combat a likely more critical threat: the North`s conventional forces, which have been deployed forward. The Bush administration should move forward on both fronts and realize that in the short term, progress in the control of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons could be more likely, if only because conventional forces remain the foundation of the North`s security situation. North Korea invaded the South on June 25, 1950, invading most of the country. In September 1950, the United Nations force, led by the United States, intervened to defend the South and headed for North Korea.
As the border with China approached, Chinese troops intervened on behalf of North Korea and shifted the balance of war.