After 3 years of intensive talks, the first steps toward integrating the economies and
militaries of the two Koreas have begun. The plan calls for an opening of the border
between the two nations, a dismantling of the Demilitarized Zone, and an audit of the
prisoners in North Korea's notorious labor camps. North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un has
been proactive in releasing prisoners from his father's system of labor camps and allowing
officials from Amnesty International and the Red Cross to examine both prisoners and
their living conditions.
"What we found in those camps was both horrifying and encouraging," said Dr. Steven
Haldeman, an American doctor working with the international organization Doctors Without
Borders. "The fact that so many lived in such terrible conditions for so long is truly
horrifying. But the fact that aggressive steps are being taken to fix the problem fills one
with hope." Haldeman is part of an international aid group working with the UN to provide
relief to the bedraggled, but recovering nation.