North Korean and South Korean Leaders Shook Hands Today
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Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean dictator entered South Korea today at 9:30 am local time (8:30 pm EST and 12:30 am GMT), after crossing military demarcation line on 38th parallel, was greeted by President Moon Jae-In of South Korea. Leaders will have talks at Panmunjom (just South of the border), the truce village where the Korean War armistice was signed (but never a formal end to the Korean War) in 1953. After talks, Kim and Moon will have separate lunches before holding tree-planting ceremony in the afternoon. There will be further talks during dinner, with dishes specially selected to emphasize Korean Peninsula unity. Kim Jong-Un has become the first North Korean leader to step into South Korea in 65 years for this historic peace summit. Discussions are being focused on whether North Korea can be persuaded to give up its nuclear bombs.
For a symbolic moment, South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shook hands at the border. This historic summit will cover nuclear weapons and a possible peace treaty. Much of their discussion topics have been agreed in advance, but many analysts are skeptical about North Korea’s sincerity in offering to give up nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, all of South Korea stood still for the moment when the two leaders shook hands on both sides of the border in the demilitarized zone between the countries.During the unscripted moment that is highly choreographed sequence of events, audiences watched surprisingly Kim inviting Moon to step briefly across the demarcation line into North Korea, before the two of them stepped back into South Korea, all while both holding hands.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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