Call it symbolism, call it fate or just call it adorable: one of the dogs that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presented to South Korean President Moon Jae-in during one of their peace summits has given birth to six adorable “peace puppies.” Cue the aww’s.
The Official Blue House (the residence of the South Korean president) Twitter account posted photos of the three-week-old pups who were reportedly born November 9. They also posted a photo of Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook with the puppies and their mother, Gomi (meaning “bear”).
11월 9일에 태어난 ‘곰이’의 새끼들입니다. 엄마개와 여섯 새끼들 모두 아주 건강합니다. 사진은 오늘 오후에 문재인 대통령과 김정숙 여사가 관저 앞마당에서 곰이와 새끼들을 살피는 모습입니다. pic.twitter.com/pkP6KpgRZJ
— 대한민국 청와대 (@TheBlueHouseKR) November 25, 2018
There were reportedly three male and three female puppies in the liter and the timing would suggest that Gomi was in the beginning stages of her pregnancy when she was gifted to the South Korean leader during the third inter-Korean Summit in September.
The two dogs gifted to South Korea are pungsans — a hunting breed native to Korea but extremely rare. The second dog was a male named Songgang (meaning “song river”). Both were meant as a symbol of the newly-established peace between the two nations.
<곰이와 송강이를 소개합니다>
평양에서 열린 2018 남북정상회담 당시 북측은 풍산개 암수 한 쌍을 선물로 전달했습니다. 개들은 동물검역 절차를 진행한 후 지난 주 목요일인 9월 27일에 청와대에 왔습니다.
풍산개는 북한 천연기념물 제368호로 주인을 잘 따르며 용맹한 성격으로 알려져 있습니다. pic.twitter.com/wxOib9APCI
— 대한민국 청와대 (@TheBlueHouseKR) September 30, 2018
Meet the newborn puppies of Gomi, one of the two Pungsan dogs from North Korea. Gomi and the six puppies born on Nov. 9 are all very healthy. Pres. Moon (@moonriver365) and FL Kim are taking care of mom Gomi and the puppies at the courtyard of the residence this afternoon. https://t.co/MZkMJ7yvZ4
— The Office of President Moon Jae-in (@TheBlueHouseENG) November 25, 2018
At the same September summit, the South Korean government reportedly also made a canine peace offering in the form of two indigenous Jindo dogs. In the time since the last summit, the North and South have exchanged food offerings as well, including North Korean pine mushrooms and South Korean tangerines.
Gomi and Songgang aren’t the first dogs South Korea has received from North Korea either. After an inter-Korea summit in 2000 attended by former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and then-South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, the north presented the South with a similar gift of one male and one female pungsan dog. The canines reportedly lived happily at a zoo for 13 years until they died of natural causes.
Moon has said he hopes this “gift” of puppies is an example of how relations between the Koreas will play out, however, there’s a lot of less-than-cute work to be done before there is official peace on the Korean Peninsula or denuclearization of the North.