Historic inter-Korean summit underway

Leaders of North and South hold talks at inter-Korean border
SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in greeted his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un Friday morning as they met for the third-ever inter-Korean summit and the first since 2007.
Moon and Kim shook hands across the border at the Panmunjom Joint Security Area before the South’s leader accepted an unexpected invitation to step over briefly to the North’s side.
They then both made their way on to South Korean soil for talks that are set to proceed across two sessions before an evening dinner.
Seoul’s presidential office has made clear that a successful summit would mean taking concrete steps towards North Korea’s denuclearization.
While Kim has already announced a freeze on nuke and missile tests, the United States expects Pyongyang to go further if it wants to free itself from global sanctions.
North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported Friday that Kim would “open-heartedly discuss” pending issues with Moon.
The North’s leader is in line to hold a further summit with U.S. President Donald Trump by June, although the details are yet to be confirmed.
As the summit began, the White House struck a note of optimism that the talks would be able to achieve progress on an elusive peace on the Korean peninsula.
“The United States appreciates the close coordination with our ally, the Republic of Korea, and looks forward to continuing robust discussions in preparation for the planned meeting between President Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks​,” spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.–AA

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