Seoul (ANTARA News/Reuters) – Smiling and holding hands, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at the heavily fortified demilitarised zone between the countries on Friday, pledging to pursue peace after decades of conflict. Kim became the first North Korean leader since the 1950-53 Korean War to set foot in South Korea, stepping over a concrete curb marking the border at the truce village of Panmunjom to shake hands with his counterpart. Scenes of Moon and Kim joking and walking together marked a striking contrast to last year`s barrage of North Korean missile tests and its largest ever nuclear test that led to sweeping international sanctions and fears of a fresh conflict on the Korean peninsula. The dramatic meeting comes weeks before Kim is due to meet U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss denuclearising the Korean peninsula. “We are at a starting line today, where a new history of peace, prosperity and inter-Korean relations is being written,” Kim said before the two Korean leaders and top aides began talks. The two leaders discussed denuclearisation and permanent peace on the Korean peninsula during their morning session, and are expected to sign a joint declaration after… Read full this story
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