After the ice was broken between the two Koreas, North is trying to cozy up to the South. With this in mind, Kim Jong-un sent across a pair of hunting dogs to Moon Jae-in. These are Pungsan hunting dogs and the female has given birth to six puppies, three of them are female and three male. President Moon Jae-in has shared photos of the new arrivals on the official Blue House Twitter feed. It is obvious that Kim wants to use dog diplomacy to tighten the bonds of friendship with the South.

The Independent UK reports that after the puppies were born, Seoul dispatched tangerines to Pyongyang in response to a load of pine mushrooms that the North had sent.

The exchange of gifts is significant, as these are believed to be the result of three historic meetings between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in in the recent past.

The Koreas are busy mending fences

Moon Jae-in deserves credit for his efforts to reduce tension in the Korean peninsula. Soon after taking over the reins, he began to talk about the reunification of Korea and normalizing relations with the North. That led Kim Jong-un to extend an olive branch by reactivating the hotline followed by North’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Then came the summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un where the two leaders discussed denuclearization. This appears to have gone to the back burner.

Right now, North and South are busy mending fences. In September, Moon Jae-in gave a speech to the North Korean public. It was a first for any South Korean leader.

The occasion was the Arirang Games of the North. He also played a major role in bringing Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump to the table in Singapore in June. The South Korean president also expressed confidence that the long pending issue of the 1950-53 Korean War could soon be resolved.

North Korea’s nuclear programs

According to Sky News, there is a growing goodwill between north korea and South Korea through an exchange of gifts.

Kim had sent a pair of dogs to Moon. The dogs belonged to a rare breed unique to North Korea. These canines are loyal and courageous and love to remain outdoors busy with hunting. Incidentally, this is not the first time that North Korea gifted a pair of these dogs to the South. They had done it in 2000 after the first inter-Korean summit.

Moon Jae-in had also given two of South’s indigenous Jindo dogs to Kim Jong-un. It seems the two leaders are concentrating on breaking down the decades' old barriers. These have kept hundreds of their families separated for years. However, there appears to have been no breakthrough in efforts to get Kim Jong-un to abandon his nuclear programs.