Here Are Five Big Takeaways Of The First Talks Between North And South Korea In Years

World | Ryan Pickrell
Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Korea Pool

North and South Korea are talking, even making progress, but everything could change quickly

North Accepts South Korea's Offer To Meet For Talks

World | Ryan Pickrell
FILE PHOTO: South Korea and U.S. soldiers stand guard during a commemorative ceremony for the 64th anniversary of the Korean armistice at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jung Yeon-Je/Pool

‘Talks are a good thing!’

South Korea Proposes Immediate Talks With The North At The Border

World | Ryan Pickrell
FILE PHOTO: South Korea and U.S. soldiers stand guard during a commemorative ceremony for the 64th anniversary of the Korean armistice at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jung Yeon-Je/Pool

No response yet from the North

North Korea Has Reportedly Started Jailing Military Officers With Ties To Defectors

World | Ryan Pickrell
North Korean soldiers stand guard at the beginning of the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 10, 2015. Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country was ready to fight any war waged by the United States. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Son of a ranking military officer recently bolted at the DMZ

US Medic Prayed For A Miracle As He Fought To Save A Dying North Korean Soldier Found At The DMZ

World | Ryan Pickrell
A North Korean soldier keeps watch on the banks of the Yalu River in Sinuiju, North Korea, which borders Dandong in China's Liaoning province, September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song

Oh had a fighting chance because of the medic’s efforts

North Korean Soldier That Bolted Into South Under Fire Is Son Of Ranking Military Officer: Report

Video | Ryan Pickrell

North Korea watchers suspected he had elite ties

North Korea Hastily Fortifies Border Area To Prevent More Soldiers From Bolting

World | Ryan Pickrell
South Korean soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence at a guard post near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

New gates, trenches, and machine guns

US, South Korean Troops Honored For Saving Wounded North Korean Defector

Defense | Ryan Pickrell

All of the North Korean border guards have been replaced

Watch That North Korean Soldier's Wild Sprint Into The South

Video | Ryan Pickrell

He’s alive, despite being shot multiple times

North Korean Soldier Shot In Border Blitz Wakes Up ... Here's What He Had To Say

World | Ryan Pickrell
A North Korean soldier guards the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Jacky Chen

‘Is this actually South Korea?’

North Korean Soldier's Wicked Worm Problem May Be The Norm For North Korean Troops

World | Ryan Pickrell
A North Korean soldier keeps watch at the bank of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite Dandong in China's Liaoning province, September 10, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The South was pulling roundworms out of North Korean soldiers 20 years ago

10 Inches! Doctor Surprised By Strange Parasites Found Inside North Korean Soldier

Video | Ryan Pickrell

‘I haven’t seen them in my 20 years as a doctor’

Trump Tried To Make A Surprise Trip To The Korean DMZ

World | Ryan Pickrell
North Korean soldiers check their camera at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea, August 11, 2015. South Korea's military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that wounded two soldiers last week, in what it called a cowardly act of provocation. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Aborted due to bad weather

Admin Official: Trump Will Not Visit DMZ During Korea Visit

Politics | Alex Pfeiffer
North Korean soldiers stand on the North Korean side, with one using a camera, as South Korean soldiers face them at the U.N. truce village building that sits on the border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the military border separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

‘It’s becoming a little bit of a cliché, frankly’