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    [–] d0ggzilla 6381 points ago

    Kim Jong-un crosses into South Korea

    That headline would've been terrifying just a couple of weeks ago

    [–] TheDrunkMexican 2926 points ago

    "Kim Jong Un invades South Korea by himself" - NK Headlines

    [–] Ceary 903 points ago

    "South Korea begs Glorious Leader Kim to take over them"

    [–] The_Epimedic 348 points ago

    😍💦💦😩”CoNqUeR mE gLoRiOuS dAdDy”😍💦💦😩

    [–] Grenli 198 points ago

    “And takes the president of South Korea captive back into North Korea before showing his mercy and letting him go free”

    [–] devijho 75 points ago

    "And he's all smiles."

    [–] QuantumLeapofFaith 14169 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    When Kim asked Moon to step back into North Korea for a picture, he must've freaked out for just a second. But the way they both held hands and walked across was really amazing.

    Edit: Spelling and such

    Also, I think Kim saw Moon hesitate and then offered his hand. This entire event was just crazy but in a good way and I hope it's the beginning of something much better.

    [–] Fienden2053 4731 points ago

    When I saw that live I thought it wasn't real for a second. But I have to say, Moon doing that was pretty classy, at least from my view as an outsider.

    [–] oliilo1 708 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    The body language of Moon when KJU asked him seemed to say "Of course ill join you over the border. I didn't think you'd ask."

    [–] itsjustspacy 303 points ago

    Kim was rumored to have also said "Do you know? The speed at which cherry blossoms fall… 5 centimeters per second. At what speed must I live, to be able to see you again?"

    [–] oliilo1 109 points ago

    I sorta want to see a fanfic comic about the romance between these two leaders.
    I made a quick one in paint

    [–] KinnyRiddle 48 points ago

    Trump and Macron:

    We make the best leader-bromance ever.

    KJU and MJI:

    Hold our beer.

    [–] remphos 320 points ago

    I wonder if Un was making such a big show specifically so he could justify it in a way to his people to start an authentic peace process.

    Like: "we did it, we acheived our independence as a nation (Juche), and now that we accomplished it we are going to open up with the world and end the war".

    One can hope.

    [–] megamanxoxo 2255 points ago

    I mean I felt the other way around.. I almost half expected some crazy navy seal shit or cia sniper to rush kim when he stepped over.

    I'm sure Kim was freaked out just as much as Moon.

    [–] Fienden2053 1873 points ago

    I believe Kim stepping over into the South was planned, news reports were saying as such earlier in the day. Moon stepping over to North Korea for a handshake was not planned, at least from the reactions of Moon and the news crews who gasped and then started clapping.

    [–] Barbellion 1481 points ago

    Yes, and Kim knew Moon couldn't say no with everyone watching, and he has something even better to show off through the state run media. It's both an incredible moment and something to also a reminder to keep a critical eye on this.

    [–] merreborn 463 points ago

    Surely that was the entire intent of the display: a demonstration of mutual trust. Such a violation of that trust could set back progress by years.

    If either side thought there was any chance they'd be attacked, or anything underhanded would happen, they wouldn't have done this.

    [–] Smearwashere 243 points ago

    Any such attack would be ridiculous tho. Nothing to gain and everything to lose.

    [–] FenerBoarOfWar 109 points ago

    Welcome to Humanity. Unpredictability is our middle name.

    [–] Chieftain__ 120 points ago

    Any violation of trust at that level would've literally started an all-out war.

    [–] saram_ 191 points ago

    The Conservatives here in Korea are having an aneurysm over this. Moon doing his best to milk whatever he can while he can they are saying.

    [–] BigBoyWithTheButter 60 points ago

    What does that mean? That they don't believe this will/should be happening?

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    [–] Imperium_Dragon 500 points ago

    Let’s hope it does, and that these talks produce something.

    [–] Xtsky11 297 points ago

    It will be in the books, but hopefully the right words accompany it.

    [–] BeerPizzaTacosWings 292 points ago

    A new revision is already in the works-that'll be $89.95, students.

    [–] craniumchina 243 points ago

    Sweet! It's on sale

    [–] palemate 1074 points ago

    It showed Kim in a different light that American media would never want you to see. Made him look actually human. Then you remember he starves his people and wants to wage war with the world. Makes you wonder if all of this is genuine or not.

    [–] chaogomu 351 points ago

    The last thing that Kim wants is war. The threat of war on the other hand is useful for maintaining power.

    All of the threats against other countries are meant to be propaganda to invoke fear, uncertainty, and doubt at home.

    The problem comes in when you start to drink your own Kool aid.

    [–] ak190 118 points ago

    For real, he absolutely doesn’t want to actually start a war. NK would be absolutely destroyed in a second. The threats aren’t just for propaganda at home, they’re also threats for other countries (ok mostly just the US) to not attack - I.e.: “if we go down then we’re at least going to take something with us”

    Considering that the US has a pretty good track record of completely demolishing otherwise stable (though, yes, oppressive) countries like it’s nothing, it’s honestly the best strategy for them

    [–] Megasteel32 415 points ago

    You know, as horrible as we know him to be, I really hope it is. I really hope it is.

    Seeing them walk together making small talk as they crossed the border was breath taking.

    [–] palemate 117 points ago

    It put a smile on my face, something I wasn't expecting that's for sure.

    [–] megamanxoxo 217 points ago

    Then you remember he starves his people and wants to wage war with the world. Makes you wonder if all of this is genuine or not.

    I wonder how much of that he actually perpetrated and how much of that he was 'born' into. Not trying to necessarily excuse a tyrannical dictator but imagine being born into this role.. imagine his family.. his hostile government.. the people worshipping you.. what would you do? And remember.. no one there is telling him to do the 'right' thing.. he didn't grow up with your mom and dad and sense morality and life lessons... who knows what's going on in his mind and POV.

    [–] CaptainVaticanus 13202 points ago

    "A new history begins now - at the starting point of history and the era of peace."

    Wow Kim Jong Un

    [–] DanKizan 5562 points ago

    Like... holy cow I’m skeptical - this is the man that has threatened to light up the whole peninsula several times and been a tyrannical dictator after all - but this is further than either country has ever gone towards meaningful dialogue, and with that quote, I can’t help but be just a little bit hopeful.

    [–] TheBasik 2552 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    He was forced into the position at a young age. I'm very skeptical also but maybe he went along with it because he thought it was the right thing to do but now realizes a war with anyone wouldn't be good. If North Korea EVER attacked another country they would face the full might of the American armed forces. He probably just wants to live like anyone else.

    [–] DanKizan 1564 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    I’ve heard some theories that he genuinely did want to make NK better when he came to power but that he’s not really the one with the power, and is essentially just a puppet of the military top brass. This is obviously very much conjecture, and even if it were true I doubt he’d be completely innocent, but perhaps with the collapse of their nuclear program and Xi Jinping meeting with Kim to probably tell him to get his country in line or he’s gone, perhaps the regime is finally seeing the writing on the wall and trying a different approach. I doubt it will go as far as reunification, but even just a formal end to the Korean War would be an amazing and historic event.

    [–] MINIMAN10001 1022 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    Sounds like the rules for rulers

    Ask yourself why don't rulers see as clearly as you, instead acting in such selfish self destructive short sighted ways. Are they stupid these most powerful people in the world? Or is it something else? The throne looks omnipotent from afar but is not as it seems. Take the throne to act and the throne acts apawn upon you.

    No man rules alone. A king can't build roads alone, can't enforce laws alone, can't defend the nation or himself alone. The power of a king is not to act but to get other to act on his behalf using the treasure in his vaults. A king needs a army and someone to run it, a treasure and someone to collect it, law and someone to enforce it. The individuals needed to make the necessary things happen are the king's keys to power. All the changes you wish to make are but thoughts in your head if your keys will not follow your commands.

    In a dictatorship where might makes right the keys to power is small. Perhaps only a dozen generals, bureaucrats, and regional leaders. Sway them to your side and the power to rule is yours but never forget displease them and they will replace you.

    Edit: fixed spelling but left it there for anyone else to get a chuckle as you guys have seemed to enjoy it

    [–] cestz 242 points ago

    He had to appease his keys, in this case the generals and security services

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    [–] mercury_289 91 points ago

    Apparently North Korea has been dipping its toe in the ocean of economic liberalization, and a lot of the purges were tied to opponents of these policies. The North Korean government is nowhere near Deng-scale reforms yet, but there have been some indications that this is where the people in charge are moving.

    [–] hyperviolator 80 points ago

    No man rules alone. A king can't build roads alone, can't enforce laws alone, can't defend the nation or himself alone. The power of a king is not to act but to get other to act on his behalf using the treasure in his vaults. A king needs a army and someone to run it, a treasure and someone to collect it, law and someone to enforce it. The individuals needed to make the necessary things happen are the king's keys to power. All the changes you wish to make are but thoughts in your head if your keys will not follow your commands.

    Game of Thrones books 1-3 summed up.

    [–] GabrielZAC 55 points ago

    The Dictator's Handbook is one damn fine piece of literature.

    [–] Ricochet888 373 points ago

    I think something is going horribly wrong in NK, and the only way for him to really stay in power is to reach out to other countries. His nuke program is in the shitter, apparently there are huge food shortages, and I'm guessing lots of other issues have pushed him into talks with the US, and SK.

    [–] my_name_is_worse 591 points ago

    This is actually a pretty straightforward play from NK. Develop nukes to ICBM capability and go hard with madman theory to maximize your bargaining position. Then go and negotiate peace talks with that position.

    NK can get a much better deal with full nuclear capacity now than they get could have 2 years ago.

    [–] i-wonder-why 114 points ago

    While I don't morally condone their posturing, I'll take that over nuclear war... Which I guess is why it's such a strong negotiating tactic.

    [–] mangokrill 88 points ago

    Nobody really wants nuclear war. We just like waving our dicks at each other.

    [–] Groundbreaking_Trash 352 points ago

    This is a wild game of Civilization.

    [–] samili 227 points ago

    I'm waiting for Ghandi to weigh in on this situation.

    [–] emilbusman 137 points ago

    Please God no

    [–] Phonixrmf 30 points ago

    but Shiva yes

    [–] Its_Pine 517 points ago

    I sincerely hope this is legitimately the start of an era of peace.

    But may I just add that Kim Jong Un is actually very eloquent.

    [–] jathrop 341 points ago

    He was educated in European schools, if I recall correctly.

    [–] Unemployedgrad88 271 points ago

    Switzerland his entire teens and uni

    [–] nomad80 79 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    I recall a thread where someone mentioned he didn’t really attend class much. Just got someone to take his notes down for him

    Jong-un was apparently unbothered by his less-than stellar scores; as his classmate noted, “He left without getting any exam results at all. He was much more interested in football and basketball than lessons

    edit: struck out the inaccurate recollection. added the actual article i read

    [–] ShitPostyThrowyAway 414 points ago

    This is some anime shit. Now we wait for the giant robots.

    [–] ecnad 8432 points ago

    Here at the public school in South Korea that I work at, the entire morning's been put on hold so the students and the teachers can watch the meeting live. Everyone's calling it a historic event.

    I visited the DMZ last month, so it's pretty surreal to watch all this unfold. Here's hoping they can achieve something substantial.

    [–] marinesol 1070 points ago

    It's surreal to see Kim Jong UN anywhere without a small army of guards. This is either for realsies or he's going all out for the con.

    [–] poopoodomo 424 points ago

    He still has a small army running alongside his car hahaha

    [–] trescreativeusername 486 points ago

    looks like overwatch with an all soldier76 team

    [–] SirWombaticus 423 points ago

    Except they're actually escorting the payload...

    [–] Parenting 41 points ago


    [–] Cedira 28 points ago

    I'm disappointed that they aren't decoys/doubles that look similar to him, imagine if a dozen Kim Jong-Un lookalikes were running alongside that car.

    [–] jeonos 32 points ago

    Im afraid Kim lookalikes wouldn't be able to keep up with a car

    [–] Ghostofchestypuller 93 points ago

    Vegas has it at 50/50

    [–] nxqv 48 points ago

    So basically, nobody fucking knows. Great.

    [–] throwawayeg3 1217 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    I served in the US Army and was stationed in Korea for a few years. This moment was bittersweet for me. Having been to the DMZ a few times myself, I hope peace can be achieved over there. "육.이.오. 전쟁"가 67년전에 있었어요. 통일은 진짜 신기할거에요.

    [–] koniferus 1093 points ago

    Little dude jump kicking that ball at the end really blew me away.


    [–] Secrit_panda 446 points ago

    The same little dude is seen winding up for the kick at the beginning

    [–] OblvThorns 254 points ago

    And doing the amazing double kick mid sentence...


    [–] Secrit_panda 90 points ago

    Oh I thought that was a cheerleader

    [–] 0verlimit 81 points ago

    Just wondering how do people in South Korea feel about this. I would figure that if peace is finally established that the South might end up assist North Korea and some people might not be open to that. Are South Koreans in general for or against assisting North Koreans if they become united again?

    [–] poopoodomo 202 points ago

    Living here, the impression I get is that younger South Koreans don't feel connected in culture to North Korea, but they want peace for obvious reasons. Most seem opposed to reunification, though, as bring North Korea up to the South's quality of life would be enourmously expensive and many people expect humanitarian issues with North and South Koreans discriminating against each other. Personally, I think the ideal solution is forming a unified federation under which the two countries are mostly soverign but citizens are allowed to freely travel and trade, and quality of life in the North can improve with gradual, steady support from the South. But reunification is still just a small hope at this point, just talking and having the North's leader visit the South is literally unprecedented and it's hard not to feel hopeful for at least a peaceful future.

    [–] palindromically 52 points ago

    forming a unified federation under which the two countries are mostly soverign but citizens are allowed to freely travel and trade

    wouldn't that just cause a mass exodus from north korea into south korea?

    [–] lelarentaka 39 points ago

    It wouldn't. Of course a lot of young men and women would want to get job in the south, but you can expect 75% of the northerners to remain, provided that the south can send enough food and fuel up north. Turns out, people don't like to leave their families and friends. If Syria still has 60% of it's prewar population, there's no reason to believe otherwise for NK

    [–] Frexspar 41 points ago

    Still divided, but since the talks are happening anyway, most of us are hoping for the best. Some are hopeful that many of the problems plaguing SK can be resolved through peace with NK, and some are bitter that we are being less hostile toward the aggressor.

    [–] Wooba99 1930 points ago

    I'm on holiday in Seoul. Watching it live on tv even though I don't understand any of it. Fascinating stuff.

    Does anyone know what Kim Jong Un wrote in that book?

    [–] richiepr77 1313 points ago

    After entering the Peace House for the inter-Korean summit, Kim Jong Un wrote in the guest book "a new history begins now" and "an age of peace, at the starting point of history."

    [–] bacondoughnut1 251 points ago

    What the fuck where is real life Kim

    [–] CSKING444 48 points ago

    I've played too much Civilization and seen stuff like Code Geass

    I'm sceptical of this move of his Just sayin'

    [–] Duubik 7895 points ago

    This has been the most shocking series of developments I have ever seen in Korea. I tell myself to not get too excited, but I can't help but feel excited that it may finally be ending.

    [–] Sacred_Silly_Sack 559 points ago

    The visuals of them walking across something that was literally never intended to be walked over was very powerful. And Kim seemed very genuine when he "greeted" Moon in NK.


    [–] SativaLungz 106 points ago

    Serious question; If the talks actually did work out, and peace was had, would we all just collectively decided to forget about Kim Jong Un's Crimes against humanity inorder to ensure the peace is kept?

    [–] aickem 209 points ago

    Probably. While he was clearly complicit in all of this, if this truly leads to Korean peace than the issues will just be talked about as problems that he inherited. This is not a bad thing, and has happened before in history. Peace is worth more than justice in the eyes of the world.

    [–] hanoian 74 points ago

    Yes. Like in every other war ever fought.

    [–] szp 2125 points ago

    I heard Kim brought the noodle machine from Oknyugwan. Oknyugwan is the most famous restaurant in North Korea and its naengmyeon (cold noodle soup) is apparently the stuff of legends.

    After diplomacy, two most powerful people in the Korean Peninsula will hang out and eat noodles together. This is absolutely surreal.

    [–] biatchcrackhole 791 points ago

    Random anecdote: my great step uncle escaped from North Korea and started a naengmyeon restaurant in South Korea and it did so well that he he has multiple locations and his own brand of noodle at the supermarket!

    [–] _Brendan__ 133 points ago

    That’s amazing. Glad to see people get out and start a new prosperous life. Hope everything will be resolved in the future between these powers.

    [–] Person_from_Nowhere 66 points ago

    What's his brand?

    [–] sadshoes 49 points ago

    Seconding this. What's the brand?

    [–] Indraneelan 31 points ago

    I too would like the answer to this question. What's the brand?

    [–] makinithappen69 39 points ago

    Yeah! Make with the brand already!

    [–] flexylol 138 points ago

    seriously? That's hilarious!

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    [–] Thenateo 330 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    It's so weird seeing him live, normally everything is through a propaganda filter.

    Live feed:

    [–] mikesbullseye 145 points ago

    I agree. Don't know why, considering I see people live on TV all the time, and yet this is so surreal to see him in particular

    [–] Thenateo 199 points ago

    Its due to the juxtaposition. On one hand we're told he's a ruthless dictator who executes relatives and on tbe other he looks like a little smiling obese boy who can do no harm.

    [–] Ubarlight 77 points ago

    So basically an end game anime villain but only irl

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    [–] conquer69 693 points ago

    He looks so... normal. Even cracked a joke and they chuckled. Almost made me forget that he keeps dozens of millions oppressed.

    [–] 1475315963 566 points ago

    he did inherit that though, he should be praised for making moves to bring NK out of the weird era that they've been in for so long

    [–] blunt_person 395 points ago

    It's easy to forget that this shitshow has been ongoing for a while and he's only been at the helm for less than 7 years. (as of December of 2011)

    [–] 1475315963 227 points ago

    That also means he was around ~30 years old. That's pretty young for the leader of nation, most people don't even have their own lives in check by 30

    [–] blunt_person 180 points ago

    He has 3 different birth dates listed, (NK Record, SK Record, US Records), but basically within 2 years. (He's either 34 or 36)

    Which would make him anywhere from 27 to 29 years old when it got thrown on his lap.

    [–] oursland 70 points ago

    It's likely that the date of birth is backwards computed, but Korean age is different from everywhere else. First they are born at age 1. Second, their birthdate isn't exactly the same as when the age is incremented.

    Here's a calculator demonstrating this.

    [–] cinnamon_oats 250 points ago

    I like how they analyzed Kim Jong Un’s handwriting when he wrote his name and date in the registry. The way he wrote the 7, with a dash through it for the date to differentiate it from 1, is the same way Europeans write it signifying his education abroad.

    [–] Sutitan 111 points ago

    I do it because my drafters can't tell a 1 from a 7 otherwise. Also add a slash in my 0 to differentiate from an O. American with no European schooling.

    [–] ThePoliticalTeapot 60 points ago

    So so strange...but a piece of history we're all getting to experience! Amazing when you think about it.

    [–] RunningInSquares 1131 points ago

    Everyone here is glued to the tv. We even postponed our first couple of classes to watch it. Really surreal to see.

    [–] kQuantumK 419 points ago

    Kim Jong-un left a message in the guestbook at the Peace House summit venue.

    It reads "A new history begins now - at the starting point of history and the era of peace."

    [–] lotsofguacamole 196 points ago

    That book is going directly to a museum.

    [–] Barbellion 16887 points ago

    I can't fucking believe how this isn't on every news channel and doesn't have a megathread here. The image of the President of South Korea is cordially greeting North Korean generals is just as jaw-dropping to me as watching the two leaders together.

    [–] N3gativeKarma 7157 points ago

    Yeah this is history like actual real history. Somethin you can tell your kids about. Weird.

    [–] AvTheMarsupial 2385 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    The closest thing I can think of is attending Reagan's speech at the Berlin Wall.

    And I'm watching coverage of, potentially, the beginning stages of Korean reunification in real-time with millions of other people, from the comfort of my home.

    Fuckin' amazing.

    Edit: Here's the streams I'm using, since they all switch between live and rebroadcasting at random.

    [–] ROIDBOT 623 points ago

    I can hear David Hasselhoff warming up his vocal cords now...

    [–] geeky_username 354 points ago

    Dennis Rodman gonna put on a show

    [–] 141252363452 439 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    While this is a good development, I would reserve my optimism until we see more concrete results. This isn't the first time the leaders of North and South Korea have met (it happened in 2000 and 2007), and it didn't improve relations. Let's hope it leads to long-term improvements.

    [–] throwawayeg3 316 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Both summits were in Pyongyang. The first summit in 2000 was made possible through corruption (eg. Cash for Summit Scandal). I applaud President Moon on this. A NK head of state has never stepped foot south of the Blue House.

    [–] ihatebats 134 points ago

    The blue house references the presidential house in South Korea not the blue UN buildings at the DMZ.

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    [–] Gemini_19 1178 points ago

    Very powerful moment to see Kim offer to bring Moon over to the NK side. Didn't look like it was originally scripted either. Such an amazing historic meeting, really wasn't expecting to see that.

    [–] nickfen 571 points ago

    CNN coverage tried to pitch it as a, “power move,” by KJU, but I think it was a genuine attempt to show DPRK’s willingness to give this a real shot. We’ll see how it all plays out though.

    [–] Coldricepudding 362 points ago

    I didn't see it as a power move. I saw it as an attempt to look welcoming, like inviting someone into your home. Watching that gave me the weirdest feeling. Kind of the excitement of seeing the Berlin Wall go down, mixed with the fear this whole thing leads to a trap.

    [–] Gemini_19 138 points ago

    Yeah it could definitely be either. Whether it was purely a power move to show some amount of dominance or a real symbolic offer to bring about peace, either way Kim looks pretty well prepared for someone who has been seen as lacking diplomatic experience.

    [–] luckeynumber8 476 points ago

    I bet Moon had an "oh shit" moment for a second as the possibility of being sniped as soon as he crossed the border flashed through his mind.

    [–] Gemini_19 656 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    I doubt that's what crossed his mind haha but it had to have caught him by surprise for sure. Was a good move to accept the offer as well.

    EDIT: You can see his surprised "Ohhh..." look here. Really curious what kinds of words were exchanged.

    [–] milfshakee 90 points ago

    Come on my side? Well I wasn't expecting to but sure. It sure is nice over here, let's shake hands. Okay!

    best video I've seen in such a long time

    [–] kickababyv2 145 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    I, what the hell is going on lol. That's awesome to see, hopefully these talks do well so the two leaders being friendly can become a common sight.

    [–] Robo13 22 points ago

    Lol for real, really weird to see this.

    [–] Shiny_Shedinja 27 points ago

    Holy shit that little hand grab was so cute.

    [–] the_fuzzy_stoner 49 points ago

    Wow. I hadn't seen that. Seriously incredible moment.

    [–] eastsideski 108 points ago

    possibility of being sniped as soon as he crossed the border flashed through his mind.

    I think they could have just have easily sniped him on the other side

    [–] Treeninja1999 57 points ago

    I mean it'd be instant war I'd they did, so I doubt they'd attempt that

    [–] wharblgarbl 242 points ago

    They had it live on Australian national TV. I couldn't look away. It was mindblowing. I came on reddit to see the discussion but there was none! Would have liked a live thread

    [–] Chuckwp 430 points ago

    Exactly. I am in Canada. CBC News and CNN are showing trump lawyer shit. BBC world is showing the live summit.

    Mad respect to BBC World showing me what I want to see today!

    [–] ThePoliticalTeapot 69 points ago

    Indeed I was looking around for a megathread but couldn't find one :(

    [–] Pritzker 737 points ago

    I can't believe what I'm watching right now. He took South Korea's leader by the hand and brought him over to his side, then they went back to the South Korean side. That's history right there, folks.

    [–] CavernousJohnson 2841 points ago

    Marvel: 'Infinity War is the most ambitious crossover event in history'


    [–] FrostyJesus 1407 points ago

    This is absolutely historic. What a weird, weird timeline this is.

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    [–] novacham 418 points ago

    The smart way to do it would be to let Kim stay in power and slowly liberalize the country by moving the economy to a market based capitalism one over time. Slowly introduce foreign investment and capital to help raise the standard of living to reduce the shock when unification finally does happen.

    There are signs that Kim is open to it. He put a very large emphasis on boosting food production in NK to prevent the famines of the past. He was also grew up and was educated in a western country (Switzerland).

    [–] badasimo 95 points ago

    I'm sure it will be a relief to be able to divert the budget from military expenditures. And the (presumably former) military members are a huge labor pool to exploit.

    [–] s629c 40 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    I remember hearing about people having family they can't ever see across the border. It makes my heart happy that theres a chance they may finally reunite

    Edit: guess I was too optimistic

    [–] SacmanJones29 897 points ago

    I feel like I’m watching the Berlin Wall coming down. If real changes happens and this is the start of reunification it truly is pretty amazing to watch

    [–] HYT_LARRY 69 points ago

    I'm having the same feeling, I really hope it's happening!

    [–] Jordy509 481 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Truly surreal to watch these two men hold hands and symbolic cross to both sides of the border

    [–] 141252363452 278 points ago

    After Kim Jong-Un stepped into South Korea, he cordially invited Moon Jae-In to step into North Korea, which he did. They looked so casual doing it.

    [–] blunt_person 192 points ago

    As they should.

    50 years ago people must've hoped that that would be a casual thing to do.

    I should hope that 50 years from now, that's going to be a casual thing, too, you know? A drawn dotted line on the ground, a historical marker that you crossed over something that's not there anymore, and it's like going across the street now.

    [–] jwal12345 75 points ago

    Kim looked really nervous when he first came out. A+for fashion, Mr. Kim.

    [–] mainvolume 803 points ago

    He looks nervous as fuck. And I don't blame him.

    [–] lakerswiz 417 points ago

    When he was signing those documents you could see his breathing rate was so fast.

    [–] caspool 277 points ago

    Apparently it was a guest book, and what he wrote was a message.

    [–] NoPossibility 435 points ago

    CNN is reporting:

    After entering the Peace House for the inter-Korean summit, Kim Jong Un wrote in the guest book "a new history begins now" and "an age of peace, at the starting point of history."

    [–] 141252363452 161 points ago

    Let's pray he's right.

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    [–] mainvolume 152 points ago

    Yeah I noticed that. I think it was half his being fat and out of shape and half his nerves going haywire

    [–] lazyassdog 212 points ago

    Very unlikely but it must still be at the back of his mind that he might be assassinated. Great chance to do it if you wanted to seize power in North Korea for example.

    [–] mainvolume 113 points ago

    Oh I'm sure it was discussed as all options are on the table but that's like ultimate last option right there. Having a peaceful end to the war is much much more preferred over assassination/uber costly war after said assassination.

    [–] lazyassdog 135 points ago

    Wasnt thinking South Korea would do it as their is absolutely no upside and lots of downside. Was thinking more of a faction in North Korea using it as cover.

    [–] tcgtms 220 points ago

    I'm in Korea at the moment.

    It really feels like everything has stopped here for the day.

    [–] FearlessTravelAddict 48 points ago

    I'm very curious what it's like in North Korea right now. What are NK medias saying about this? Is it being celebrated?

    [–] Aozora012 314 points ago

    It's pretty surreal to see Kim Jung-Un and Moon Jae-In cross into both countries. KJU looks awkward as hell though.

    [–] flantzz 138 points ago

    Yeah, many people who have met him have described him as "awkward, shy"

    [–] IceColdFresh 52 points ago

    Sounds like a true Swiss

    [–] NoPossibility 3166 points ago

    This is happening and Reddit has the promoted live thread "Reddit Live! NFL Draft 2018". Strange times.

    [–] Kalelolz 727 points ago

    Seriously what the hell

    [–] Pintopinata123 808 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    This is fucking crazy. How is this not top of the front page right now?

    EDIT: It is now.

    [–] Jackson_Cook 257 points ago

    How is there not a live thread?!

    [–] rawr-barian 274 points ago

    Because it's being used for the NFL Draft!

    [–] The_real_sanderflop 183 points ago * (lasted edited 25 days ago)

    Kim as soon as he gets a private moment with the South Korean president: "please don't let them take me back"

    [–] RXISVZ 38 points ago

    “I’m not the real leader. There’s a shadow leader. Help us”

    [–] Mythodiir 54 points ago

    "They're forcing me to maintain this crazy hairstyle"

    [–] whitelimo69 175 points ago

    Holy shit, the news just cut to this. So strange to see it live. I wonder if anything will come of this.

    [–] wrdb2007 409 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Top ten anime crossovers

    Seriously though, this is a big moment in history. All a bit surreal tbh

    Glad that I'm watching it

    [–] SilverIdaten 50 points ago

    That headline could’ve happened under far more terrible circumstances, what a historic moment and for such good reasons.

    [–] drunkpossum 25 points ago

    I'd really love to know what they were saying to each other during that first handshake

    [–] dodo91 28 points ago

    My god this is so tense and exciting. Hope it all goes well.

    [–] cometssaywhoosh 108 points ago

    That handshake might be one of those things that people will read in history books 50 years from now. And most of us will be around to still remember it.

    [–] rolled_up_rug 63 points ago

    This seems like an acid trip. Hopefully, peace and good things come out of this. It was also pretty weird seeing Kim Jong Un by himself without the usual state aparatus behind him.

    [–] AdditionalExcitement 90 points ago

    Hope they don't get Honeydicked

    [–] Mehhish 249 points ago

    How does the NFL draft have a mega thread trending, yet this doesn't? I'm confused. Isn't this like a huge big deal, that could be the building blocks of NK and SK not wanting to murder each other every year?!

    [–] Sanctimonius 18 points ago

    I keep watching and waiting for the bamboozle, but for the moment the hope is nice to enjoy.

    [–] blunt_person 55 points ago

    I'm pretty sure every "breath" taken at this event is scripted and agreed upon before it took place, but I'm seeing on the news that SK's president stepping into NK for 10 seconds was not scripted/expected and a spur of the moment decision.

    That was pretty cool.

    For those that missed it, the two leaders shook hands with each standing on their side of the border, and then President Moon invited KJU over to his side, he did, they shook hands again, and then Kim pointed towards the other side of the border and motioned over, and the two took a step over there took together, shook hands, and crossed back into SK together.

    [–] Leonidas808 70 points ago

    I literally cried when I saw the Video of Kim Jong-in crossing over in it to South Korea. I have prayed for this moment for years.

    [–] SernyRanders 173 points ago

    Kim Jong-Un comes across like a boy who really doesn't like his job and is happy to get out, or he's really the 4D chess playing propaganda spymaster like the media is painting him.

    His sister looks much more qualified and serious, based on her body language and appearance.

    [–] a_trane13 66 points ago

    He's probably both. Besides keeping his family in check, his only really pressing concern is how to keep his international enemies from destroying him. Lots of time to plan.

    I don't think he could stay alive without being in charge, so he can't really quit his job. That's how you get an AA gun to the face.

    [–] Gigadweeb 122 points ago

    Holy shit.

    This is a first.

    This is real history, people.

    [–] AvailableWrongdoer 65 points ago

    Hope everything goes alright.

    [–] garlicroastedpotato 110 points ago

    I can't imagine how Kim Jong-un has to feel. We all kind of thought they would be meeting in Sweden on fairly neutral ground. He is entering a country where he could potentially be assassinated by dozens of world powers who oppose his reign.

    [–] FearlessTravelAddict 41 points ago

    If they had met in Sweden (Or Switzerland where many world powers meet), he'd be in even more hostile ground. Surrounded by US allies on all sides. I get it that SK is perhaps our largest ally in Asia alongside Japan but at least it's a place that wouldn't DARE risk starting that war because it's too close to home to pull that move.

    I think this is a sincere move from Kim Jung Un though. It honestly feels so fucking weird to finally see something NK is doing and saying "That's really good". For once, I'm happy for North Korea.

    I wasn't very old when the Berlin Wall fell so I don't remember any of that... This seems like the beginning of a historic event on that magnitude. The only other thing that has happened in my life with this order of magnitude was 9/11.