Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, met face to face at the inter-Korean meeting in Panmunjom, the demilitarized zone of South Korea, on April 27, the Russian news agency TASS reported.
The historic meeting is aimed at bringing peace to the Korean peninsula. It is the first time a North Korean leader stepped foot on South Korean soil since the end of the Korean war in 1953.
“We should achieve good results by talking frankly about current issues … it’s a moment to write a new history of peace and prosperity,” North Korea’s leader stated at the beginning of the summit, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.
Moon supported the Kim’s intension to bring unity and peace between Koreas:
“I hope we talk frankly to reach an agreement and present a big gift for Koreans and the people around the world who wish for peace.”
The summit came after Kim’s nuclear and missiles programme and a response by the US to it brought the peninsula to a dangerous military conflict.
The summit is focused on the denuclearization issue, South Korean Presidential Spokesperson Yoon Young-Chan said at a briefing:
“The leaders talked about denuclearization, peace on the Korean Peninsula and improvement of intra-Korean relations. They had a sincere exchange of opinions on these issues. The consultations will continue today, and a joint declaration will be signed based on their results.”
Yoon Young-Chan stated that a joint declaration would be signed after the summit.
After the morning meeting discussing denuclearization, the leaders planted a pine tree and unveiled a monument engraved with “planting peace and prosperity”. Afterwards, the leaders did have a private discussion out of earshot. Now, Moon and Kim have headed back to Peace House for the final afternoon session of the summit.
The successfulness of the inter-Korean summit could pave the way for planned negotiations between Kim and US President Donald Trump, to be held in May or June.
Kim Jong Un’s car and body guards: