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Kim Jong Un Makes history by crossing border after 68 years to meet his rival Moon Jae-in
Posted on: 27-04-2018 , 09:37:AM | DY365 Bureau

 picture courtesy: India TV

 April 27, 2018: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday made history by crossing over the world’s most heavily armed border to greet his rival South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks on North Korea’s Nuclear weapons. 


The two leaders were seen shaking hands and smiling broadly at the beginning of their historic talks. The high-stakes summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will kick off a new round of nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang. 

Meanwhile, supporters of the historic summit waved white South Korean flags and raised banners with messages including "Please Achieve Successful Denuclearization."

It's the first time a member of the ruling Kim dynasty has crossed over to the southern side of the Demilitarized Zone since the Korean War ended in 1953.

Kim's news agency said that the leader would "open-heartedly" discuss with Moon "all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean peninsula" in a "historic" summit.

The greeting of the two leaders was planned to the last detail. Thousands of journalists were kept in a huge conference center well away from the summit, except for a small group of tightly-controlled pool reporters at the border. Moon stood near the Koreas' dividing line, moving forward the moment he glimpsed Kim, dressed in dark, Mao-style suit, appearing in front of a building on the northern side. They shook hands with the border line between them. Moon then invited Kim to cross into the South, and, after he did so, Kim grasped Moon's hand and led him into the North and then back into the South. They took a ceremonial photo facing the North and then another photo facing the South.

Two fifth-grade students from the Daesongdong Elementary School, the only South Korean school within the DMZ, greeted the leaders and gave Kim flowers. Kim and Moon then saluted an honor guard and military band, and Moon introduced Kim to South Korean government officials. Kim returned the favor, introducing Moon to the North Korean officials accompanying him. They then took a photo inside the Peace House, where the summit was to take place, in front of a painting of South Korea's Bukhan Mountain, which towers over the South Korean Blue House presidential mansion. Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was by his side throughout the ceremony, handing him a pen to sign a guestbook, taking the schoolchildren's flowers from his hand and scribbling notes at the start of the talks with Moon.

Nuclear weapons will top the agenda, and Friday's summit will be the clearest sign yet of whether it's possible to peacefully negotiate those weapons away from a country that has spent decades doggedly building its bombs despite crippling sanctions and near-constant international opprobrium.
 
 
 

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