Long Islanders ‘cautiously optimistic’ over prospect of peace with N. Korea

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The landmark U.S.-North Korea summit is being met with cautious optimism among Long Islanders with ties to the Korean peninsula.

The meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was on the TV at Surasang Korean restaurant in Syosset and was the main topic of conversation Tuesday afternoon.

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“Hopefully it will be a win-win situation for the United States and North Korea,” said Timothy Lee.

Minsun Kim, the president of the Korean American Association of Greater New York, says for seven decades, her relatives in South Korea have lived under the threat of war from the North. She says this meeting gives her hope for peace.

“What once seemed impossible has become a reality,” says Kim.

Some Korean political experts say even though it’s great that these two leaders are meeting face to face, nothing new came out of this meeting or the agreement that the two men signed.

“It doesn't have a lot of substance to it, compared to the expectations that were set by the United States before they entered into the meeting,” said Julian Ku, of Hofstra University.

Ku says there is a lot more negotiation ahead for the two sides, and that diplomacy is never quick and decisive.

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