North Korean leader Kim Jong-un greeted Moon Jae-in with hugs and smiles as the South Korean President arrived in Pyongyang for a third summit between the two, aimed at advancing faltering nuclear talks and officially ending the Korean War. Those projects are now on hold due to USA sanctions. He added that the degree to which the matter will be discussed and the level of consensus that Moon and Kim might reach would depend on their talks.
Consider one telling scene, not long after Moon's arrival Tuesday, when cameras caught Kim and his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who acts as her brother's chief propagandist, both maneuvering Moon so that he had the flawless view - and could be perfectly seen on a reviewing stand, Kim by his side - as an honor guard of goose-stepping troops armed with bayonet-tipped rifles marched by.
Moon is expected to return to Seoul on Thursday morning.
"My aim for the summit is to speak with Chairman Kim Jong-un with open hearts", Moon said at Monday's meeting with his senior aides, saying that building trust is key to improving inter-Korean relations.
But no details were agreed and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since over what that means and how it will be achieved.
But he said he still expects the summit to produce meaningful agreements that "fundamentally remove the danger of armed clashes and ease fears of war" between the two Koreas.
South Koreans appetite for unification has fallen as the differences between the two countries grow and the expected costs of reunification rise.
"President Moon must head to Pyongyang with the resolve that the first, second, third agenda of this summit is denuclearization".
Talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled since Kim's meeting with Trump in Singapore in June.
Hundreds of people lined the tarmac at Pyongyang's worldwide airport - where Kim supervised missile launches a year ago as tensions mounted - holding North Korean flags and unification ones showing an undivided peninsula, television pictures showed.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, was proclaimed on September 9, 1948, three years after the former Soviet Union and the United State divided the peninsula between them in the closing days of World War II.
There's also worry that a legally binding peace treaty would allow North Korea, and its backers in the U.N. Security Council, Russia and China, to demand that the U.S. -controlled U.N. Command that polices the Korean border under the armistice be disbanded. -South Korean alliance or lead to the withdrawal of the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea. Immediately after the parade, thousands of citizens rallied through Kim Il Sung Square, displaying economic themes and calls for Korean reunification. No one can go against the will of people, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) wrote in a commentary.
It has since carried out six nuclear tests and launched intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching anywhere on the U.S. mainland. Kim Jong Un wore his trademark black Mao-style suit. He showed off his country's friendship with China by raising the hand of President Xi Jinping's envoy as they saluted the crowd together afterwards.
Moon also will focus on bridging the gap between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump regarding denuclearization. But Kim's efforts to ease tensions with the United States have stalled since the Singapore meeting. At their first summit, the Panmunjeom Declaration was issued calling for "complete" denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and efforts to declare a formal end to the 1950-1953 Korean War.
Im said Moon's meeting with Kim on the first day set the summit apart from the two previous Pyongyang summits in that the leaders would hold talks in the absence of any prior meeting with high-level North Korean officials.
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