Looking back at first and second 2018 inter-Korean summits

Looking back at first and second 2018 inter-Korean summits

Tens of thousands of citizens dressed in colorful national costumes and waving flags and paper-flower bouquets lined up in the streets chanting "Unification!"

They then inspected goose-stepping soldiers, and Moon shook hands with North Korean civilians and bowed deeply to them.

Moon and Kim Jong Un have already met twice this year on April 27 and May 26.

While it's the third face-to-face meeting between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this year, this inter-Korean summit also celebrated a number of firsts, according to South Korean spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

Hundreds of people lined the tarmac at Pyongyang's global airport - where Kim supervised missile launches previous year as tensions mounted - holding North Korean flags and unification ones showing an undivided peninsula, television pictures showed. Some of the South Korean artists accompanied Kim's wife, Ri Sol Ju, and Moon's wife, Kim Jung-sook, on trips on their visit to a children's hospital and a music university in Pyongyang. But they were later suspended after conservatives took power in Seoul with hardline policies toward the North. Kim Jong Un took office in late 2011 upon the death of his father.

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In the meantime, however, Moon and Kim made concrete moves of their own to reduce tensions on their border. Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un are expected to hold at least two rounds of dialogue.

Moon and Kim are expected to give a joint press conference on Wednesday. Moon is to return to Seoul on Thursday.

South Korea is pinning high hopes on Kim's remarks to Moon's special envoys earlier this month that he wants to achieve denuclearisation within Trump's first term in office ending in early 2021, the first time line he has given.

The leaders of North and South Korean are meeting in the North Korean capital for talks centred on the stalled denuclearisation negotiations. Moon said, "Building a permanent peace framework is a way for the two Koreas to resolve issues without being swayed by worldwide politics, and to move toward economic co-prosperity and national unification".

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".

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Ahead of the summit, North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in a statement said that the summit is an important opportunity in "further accelerating the development" in relations between the rivals, reported AP.

Moon has been instrumental in brokering the diplomatic thaw that saw a historic summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June, where Kim backed denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

North Korea has taken some steps, like dismantling its nuclear and rocket-engine testing sites, but USA officials have said it must take more serious disarmament steps before receiving outside concessions. The peninsula has remained split since the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

Japan, like the US, wants South Korea to stand firm on the issue of denuclearization, said Yuki Tatsumi, co-director of the East Asia Program and director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center.

Moon responded by expressing his own thanks to Kim for making a "bold decision" in a New Year's speech to open a new era of detente and send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics in February. Military officials have discussed possibly disarming a jointly controlled area at the Koreas' shared border village, removing front-line guard posts and halting hostile acts along their sea boundary.

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