North Korea leader Kim Jong-un could VISIT South Korea's Presidential Mansion
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 27, 2018,
Apr 27, 2018, 12:02
The golden doors on the stately North Korean building swung open and leader Kim Jong Un, in a black Mao suit and surrounded by a gaggle of officials, descended the steps towards the border. Kim is now shaking hands with members of the South Korean cabinet, including the foreign minister. Whether preplanned or not, Kim then offered his hand to Moon.
As the two countries remain technically in a state of war due to the 1950-1953 conflict that ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, their leaders have held formal talks only twice, in 2000 and 2007.
TRT World's Oliver Whitfield-Miocic has more. The visit marks the first time a North Korean leader has ever entered South Korea. It will also set the stage for the first meeting between a sitting United States president and North Korean leader when Donald Trump and Kim meet in May or June.
"I came here determined to send a starting signal at the threshold of a new history", he said, promising a "frank, serious and honest mindset".
Pyongyang official newspaper Rodong Sinmun daily wrote the summit is a major event in the national history of Korea and it demonstrates the determination of Kim to realize reunification with the south through the strength of national unity.
"When you crossed the military border for the first time, Panmunjom became a symbol of peace, not a symbol of division".
Kim last week pledged to suspend long-distance missile tests and close an atomic testing site in an announcement that South Korea described as "meaningful progress" that would "create a very positive environment for success" at the summit.
"North Korea, which is a rogue regime, took Otto hostage for its own wrongful ends and brutally tortured and murdered him", charges the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The last- minute inclusion of Jeong Kyeong-doo, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signals a possible beginning of talks to reduce arms between the Koreas, said Cho Sung-ryul, senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy.
Moon and Kim are expected to discuss denuclearisation and exchanges between the Koreas. America decided they needed an occupation zone in the south, and a rudimentary line was drawn where the border is today.
As the meeting began, the White House said in a statement that "we wish the Korean people well".
Human rights, however, hasn't appeared to break through as a key topic, much to the dismay of advocates and North Korean defectors.
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 reviewed a South Korean honor guard while a ceremonial band played the tune of "Arirang", a Korean folk ballad.
Kim said in his opening remarks, "The 200-meter separation line is not too hard for people to get over".
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has left Seoul's presidential palace for a high-stakes summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that will kick off a new round of nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un emerged from a veil of secrecy Friday as he made a historic crossing of the tense inter-Korean border for a summit with President Moon Jae-in.
From talks surrounding the Winter Olympics, a lot has happened.
Moon told the North's leader that he hoped to see a "bold agreement" as they began their summit.
The existence of the photograph of the secret meeting was revealed by none other than U.S. President Donald Trump during an interview earlier in the day, in which he said, "We have incredible pictures of the two talking and meeting which I would love to release if we can".