German minister begins visit to South Korea on border with North Korea

During the visit to one of the most militarized borders in the world, Baerbock received information on the state of the demarcation line and the current state of relations between the two Koreas, according to the Spanish agency Europa Press.

Baerbock will meet his South Korean counterpart, Park Jin, later in the capital, Seoul.

More than a million soldiers are stationed on the border of the 38th parallel, which has separated the two Koreas since the war they fought between 1950 and 1953.

The United States currently has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea.

China and the then Soviet Union supported northern forces in the Korean War, while the United States and the UN sided with southern forces.

The war claimed at least 2.5 million lives and the fighting ceased in July 1953, with a UN-brokered armistice with China and North Korea.

A demilitarized zone was then created on the 38th parallel, which has since remained the “de facto” border between the two Koreas.

The demilitarized zone stretches about 240 kilometers long and four kilometers wide across the peninsula.

Technically, North Korea and South Korea are still at war since they never signed a peace treaty.

Before going to South Korea, Baerbock visited China.

From Seoul, he will go to Japan, where he will take part, from 16 to 18, in the meeting of foreign ministers of the G7, the group of the seven most developed economies.

Japan currently holds the rotating presidency of the G7, which also includes Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, in addition to Germany.

The European Union (EU) also participates in the G7.


By Impala News / Lusa

Alaric Cohen

"Freelance communicator. Hardcore web practitioner. Entrepreneur. Total student. Beer ninja."

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *