From Pyongyang with love: Koreas' leaders meet to discuss end of war

From Pyongyang with love: Koreas' leaders meet to discuss end of war

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the leader and a key propaganda official, was seen preparing officials for Moon's arrival and accompanying Kim Jong Un and his wife.

Since taking office in May previous year, Moon has met Kim twice at the Koreas' shared border village of Panmunjom.

The huge civilian entourage Seoul sent to the latest inter-Korean summit includes the third-generation heir of South Korea's largest business group and a Colorado-born pop diva nicknamed the "Korean Beyonce".

Moon, in turn, thanked Kim for his willingness "to open a new era" in relations between the two, and praised the North's recent economic development.

At the start of this year, people never imagined that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would cross the border to set foot on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. Kim and Moon briefly stepped out of the vehicle to greet and take flowers from people in the crowds who waved flags and shouted "Motherland!"

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Moon wrote "the heart of the nation is united in peace and prosperity" in a visitors book before the talks began.

Photographers and cameramen from North Korean media document the motorcade of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as it travels through Pyongyang, North Korea.

According a joint statement signed by the countries' defence chiefs, the two Koreas agreed to establish buffer zones along their land and sea borders to reduce military tensions and prevent accidental clashes.

The two leaders will hold talks on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss ways to advance inter-Korean relations and ease military tensions on the Korean peninsula. "North Korea [second] summit meeting, [and] no peace declaration". Moon will head back to South Korea early Thursday morning.

"It's clear that the leader of North Korea is trying to make a point to the United States: We may not be on the same page when it comes to denuclearization, but the Koreans are on the same page and we're going to move forward with our relationship", she said.

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Kim greeted Moon with hugs and handshakes as the South Korean leader landed in the North's capital with a mission to rekindle momentum in faltering talks between Washington and Pyongyang over denuclearisation and a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Trump asked Moon to be "chief negotiator" between himself and Kim, according to Moon's aides, after Trump cancelled a trip to Pyongyang by his secretary of state last month. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he will push for "irreversible, permanent peace", and for better dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, during "heart-to-heart" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week.

While presiding over a meeting with top advisers on Monday, Mr Moon said he "aims to have lots of heart-to-heart talks" with Mr Kim and achieve "irreversible, permanent peace that is not shaken by global politics". Currently, all major joint economic projects between the Koreas remain stalled because of US -led sanctions.

"It's got to be the longest war - nearly 70 years, right?"

Asked about the USA position on a war-ending declaration, a State Department spokesperson, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment by name, said that during their June summit in Singapore, "President Trump and Chairman Kim committed to working toward complete denuclearization and to joining their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula". North Korea erected structures to hide activity at a warhead storage facility and appears to be building more nuclear weapons rather than dismantling them, NBC News reported, citing senior administration officials. The first day of the visit will conclude with a welcoming event and a state dinner hosted by the North.

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Some experts believe Moon is preparing for the resumption of inter-Korean economic cooperation projects after diplomacy eventually yields results.

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