North and South Korea have signed a declaration of peace in a significant event for both reconciliation and technology. The agreement has been signed not only on paper and pen but also – and more notably – on the permanence of the ethereum blockchain.
According to the declaration, the leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work together to end the Korean War which will signify a new time of peace and a sharing of commitments to end divisions and confrontation. This will occur by moving intentionally towards a new era of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity and will imply improvements for the inter-Korean relations.
It was reported that a 27-year old game developer from South Korea, Ryu Gi-hyeok, coded the Panmunjom Declaration which acts as the peace agreement between the two nations. The declaration, which states that “there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula“, has been recorded in both Korean and English and both language versions have been stored on two ethereum transactions – cementing the agreement into the blockchain for all time.
Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made news – and history – as they shook hands with one another for the first time in many, many years. The gesture came hand-in-hand with the declaration to bring an end to the Korean War.
The ethereum blockchain was used by activists of the Chinese #metoo movement as a means to account messages while bypassing the strict internet censorship. Ryu was inspired by this and used it as a blueprint for the document. He commented that he had thought that it had taken “took too long for the South and the North to give way to each other” and that after “finding out what I could contribute to this historic achievement as a developer, I found the Panmunjom Declaration on the Blue House homepage and recorded it on ethereum.”
The game developer also said that he is looking to set up a website which will use a blockchain to store documents and “keep all historic records permanent and immutable“.
This marks a point in the history of peace between the two nations and could be the beginning of both a new era of harmony and of blockchain technology’s impact on politics.