Korean summit at Panmunjom
Korean summit at Panmunjom

Korean summit at Panmunjom


Around the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jingping are meeting in Wuhen in China, in neighbouring South Korea, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were holding hands in their first summit in over a decade.

It was a surprise as Moon and Kim cracking jokes and walking holding hand together. The surprising bonhomie was just opposite to the last year’s North Korean leader’s adamant approach. He was then testing missiles and nuclear arsenals indicating a war on the Korean peninsula.The dramatic meeting, aimed at ending their decades-old conflict, comes weeks before Kim is due to meet US President Donald Trump to discuss denuclearising the Korean peninsula.During their meeting, Kim told Moon he came to the summit to end the history of conflict.

Kim said he would be willing to visit the presidential Blue House in Seoul. They made talks more than an hour and a half behind closed doors. Following lunch, the two leaders are scheduled to plant in memory of their meeting. They had evening dinner and enjoyed a film together. Kim has already announced he would suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests and dismantle its only known nuclear test site. But there is widespread doubt about whether Kim is ready to abandon the nuclear arsenal his country has defended and developed for decades as what it says is a necessary deterrent against U.S. invasion.

Moon greeted Kim at the military demarcation line, making Kim the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the 1950-53 Korean War. The two were handed flowers by South Korean children, residents of a village situated in the demilitarised zone, and met on a red carpet by a South Korean honour guard in historical costumes playing traditional music.

Minutes before Kim entered Peace House, a North Korean security team checked for explosives and listening devices inside the building. The United States is hopeful the talks will make progress on achieving peace and prosperity, the White House said in a statement.

The two countries expect to release a joint statement late on Friday - possibly called the Panmunjom Declaration - that could address denuclearisation and peace, and an improvement in relations, South Korean officials said. Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because the Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.