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North Korean Leader Leaves for Summit With South's President

27 April 2018

"One of the critical priorities for the South Korean President I think is to try to get them on the record saying something more substantial and concrete in terms of denuclearization", he said. The North churned out near-daily crude insults of South Korean leaders, calling them a "rat" and a "prostitute".

The rogue nation's nuclear capabilities are expected to be a major topic of discussion during the summit with the US leader. Kim said that if Moon comes, he will make Moon conveniently visit the DPRK mountain.

"First is a commitment to improve inter-Korean relations".

TV footage showed the bodyguards in a ring-shaped formation around the vehicle as it rolled back to the northern side of the Panmunjom truce village where Kim and other North Korean officials were due to have a bite to eat.

The leaders plan to meet again in the afternoon at the southern side of the village for talks Seoul says are aimed at resolving the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons.

Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), shakes hands with Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), after Kim crossed the inter-Korean border on Friday.

In a surreal moment for Korea watchers, Kim stepped across the military demarcation line into South Korea and shook his southern counterpart's hand - something that would have been nearly unthinkable just a few months ago.

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Kim now sits down to sign the guest book at the Peace House.

The closed-door talks are ongoing.

The North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, who accompanied Yo Jong to the Games, will also be part of the group, as will its foreign and defence ministers.

Smiling and holding hands, leaders of two Koreas met at historic summit at the heavily fortified demilitarised zone between the countries on Friday in the first summit for the two Koreas in over a decade.

The White House released two photographs of then Secretary of State-designate and Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo's meeting with Kim in North Korea over the Easter weekend to discuss the planned summit.

Recently, however, as the prospects for negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program have brightened, Trump has called Kim Jong Un "honorable". "So, it can't be left behind", he said.

Moon seized on the South's Winter Olympics as an opportunity to try to broker dialogue between them. But it wasn't signed by a representative from South Korea, as then-president Rhee Syng-man opposed the idea. At what appears to be Kim's invitation, Moon stepped onto the North Korean side of the line, and then the two walked hand-in-hand onto South Korean soil.

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Moon expressed his gratitude to Kim for agreeing to hold the summit.

The greeting of the two Korean leaders was planned to the last detail.

Kim Jong Un has become the first North Korean leader to step into South Korean territory since 1953, crossing the line separating the nations for a historic summit on Friday morning.

During the expected summit, Trump said he expects to talk with Kim about denuclearization.

Moon will likely propose resuming reunions of families separated by the Korean War as an urgent humanitarian issue for elderly people who are desperate to reunite with their loved ones before they die.

The overwhelming focus of the summit, the country's third-ever, will be on North Korea's growing arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Just days before the summit, Mr Kim said North Korea would suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests and dismantle its only known nuclear test site. The move was welcomed by the US and South Korea as a positive step, although Chinese researchers have indicated that North Korea's nuclear test site may be unusable after a rock collapse following its last test in September.

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"We have had false dawns before on the Korean peninsula", he told reporters in Perth.

North Korean Leader Leaves for Summit With South's President