Kim and Moon meet in rare inter-Korean summit

In 1953, the Korean War ended in an armistice. However, after 65 years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will become the first NoKor leader to set foot on South Korean soil when he’ll cross the DMZ on Friday for an historic summit with Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s counterpart.

 

The meeting will likely be tightly scripted by focusing on denuclearization, establishing peace on the Korean peninsula and improving relations between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in May or June.

 

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Among those three items in the agenda, talks on the North’s nuclear weapons are expected to take center stage.

 

The summit will see Moon and Kim meet at the military demarcation line, aka the 38th Parallel, on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom. The North Korean leader is scheduled to walk across the border at 9:30 a.m.

 

Then, South Korean honor guards will escort the leaders to a welcome ceremony at a plaza in Panmunjom, pool reports quoted Im Jong-seok, the South’s presidential chief of staff.

 

Official dialogue between Kim and Moon will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Peace House in Panmunjom. After the end of the talks, Kim and Moon will have separate lunches before holding a tree-planting ceremony in the afternoon.

A pine tree will be planted on the demarcation line to symbolize “peace and prosperity,” using soil from Mount Paektu in North Korea and Mount Halla in South Korea.

 

Kim and Moon will water the tree with water brought from the Taedong River in the North and the Han River in the South and Moon and Kim will later take a stroll together in Panmunjom before beginning the next round of talks.

 

The summit comes after a sudden diplomatic prosperity masterminded by Moon.

 

Reference: Denuclearization to take center stage as Kim and Moon meet in rare inter-Korean summit

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