We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources.
Tuesday, June 13
In 2000, the leaders of North and South Korea met for the first time since the country was divided. Though the summit initially improved relations between the Koreas, their relationship has recently worsened due to the issue of nuclear weapons.
Since March 2017, North Korea has accelerated its nuclear weapons program, straining relations with South Korea and its allies.
1. What do you think North Korea is hoping to achieve by escalating its nuclear weapons program?
2. Do you think North and South Korea can have better diplomatic relations? What steps would each country (and their allies) have to take to make that happen?