When the Leaders of Two Koreas Met North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and South’s Moon Jae-in hold historic summit


A SMILE, a handshake and stepping in and out of each other’s land by the leaders of North and South Korea was the perfect beginning to a historic summit between the two neighbours of the divided peninsula.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Military Demarcation Line that separates the two countries. They then went on to cross the line, with Kim becoming the first North Korean leader to cross over to the South since the Korean War ended in 1953.


The unscripted crossover in what was to be a “meticulously stage-managed” event eased the tension and left many officials applauding and setting the tone of their talks which began soon after.

“A new history starts now. An age of peace, from the starting point of history,” Kim wrote in the guest book at Peace House in South Korea, the venue of the summit.

Kim was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo Jong, the only woman at the summit table, and a top official.

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Some reports suggest that there may be a declaration at the end of the summit and may include mentions of peace and denuclearisation.

But the visual bonhomie ahead of the summit may not be enough for the two divided nations to break away from the war talks, deep suspicion and jingoism just ahead of the summit.

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And this was the standout moment: Kim’s bodyguards surrounding his limousine and running alongside when they broke for lunch and returned to North Korea.




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