Why the Korean peace declaration was recorded on the blockchain
The code’s author plans to launch a website that will retain permanent historic records on the blockchain.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in met in the demilitarized zone on April 27 to sign the Panmunjom Declaration, advocating peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. A 27 year-old South Korean game developer recorded this historical moment in two Ethereum transactions.
The declaration, agreed upon at the Peace House in Panmunjom, was widely broadcast across global television networks and online. A physical resolution was signed by the now former political adversaries and there were many witnesses present. However, Ryu Gi-hyeok decided to create a record of the event on the blockchain.
“I got the idea a couple of days ago from the record of a blockbuster campaign in China,” Ryu told Coindesk Korea. “I also thought that it would be okay to make a service that records the historical record that I want to record completely on the blockchain and show it on the website.”
“The Panmunjom Declaration, written in Ethereum 551,7596 block, will not go away unless Ethereum is gone.”
The “idea” that Ryu is referring to is an open letter, written by a senior student at Beijing’s Peking University, which details an alleged rape case that was previously censored on China’s internet ecosystem. This letter was later converted to digital code, posted anonymously, and now lives on the Ethereum blockchain.
Although I did not pay much attention to politics, I was overwhelmed by watching the summit. I just thought it was too long for the South and the North to give each other one step and listen to each other.
Ryu Gi-hyeok explains his reaction to the recent declaration of peace in Korea
Ryu plans to launch a website that will maintain “historic records permanent and immutable” on blockchain.
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