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The History of North Korea - 2000s

The history of North Korea this past decade has seen the DPRK in the world's spotlight on several occasions. For the first time in the post World War II history of the Korean peninsula, presidents from the South visited North Korea.

In 2000, for the first time ever, a South Korean president went to the DPRK.

In June 2000 Kim Dae-jung flew into Pyongyang meeting Leader Kim Jong Il. His "Sunshine Policy" (a term used in South Korea and the West but not in DPRK) of being friendly with the DPRK contributed to his earning of a Nobel Peace Prize that same year.

On October 2nd 2007 Roh Moo-hyun became the second president of South Korea in going to the DPRK, the first one to actually walk over the border. Talks were held regarding peace and reunification in the peninsula.

In February 2008 Lee Myung-bak, a more conservative and pro-American president, entered the Blue House in Seoul. Relations between the North and South were not been as cordial with him in power. There are however several special zones where South Korean companies employ local North Koreans and where South Korean tourists are allowed to visit. An example of this is the Koryo Dynasty's capital, Kaesong.

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