S. Korean, DPRK leaders begin formal talks in 3rd Inter-Korean summit
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un began formal talks in the South Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom in the third-ever inter-Korean summit.
Moon’s motorcade arrived at Panmunjom, the truce village on the North-South border of the peninsula, around 30 minutes before Kim’s scheduled arrival in the village at 09:30 local time (0030 GMT).
Moon and Kim shook hands standing on the South Korean side and the DPRK side, respectively, at Panmunjom, which is divided only by a low cement slab sitting in the middle of the border village.
After Kim walked across the military demarcation line (MDL) into the South Korean side, Kim invited Moon to cross the border briefly into the DPRK side with their hands holding together.
They returned soon to the South Korean territory still hand in hand, marking a historic moment for the first meeting between the leaders of the two countries in 11 years.
Kim became the first DPRK leader to set foot on South Korean soil since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
The two leaders were escorted by a traditional South Korean honor guard along a red carpet to a square located between the Freedom House and the Peace House.
The leaders inspected the honor guard, which is composed of service members of the South Korean army, navy and air force, as part of the official welcoming ceremony.
After reviewing the honor guard, Moon and Kim greeted the official delegates from both sides accompanying them.
Kim walked inside the Peace House to sign a guestbook and take a commemorative photo with Moon on the first floor. They chatted with smiles in the reception room before launching formal talks on the second floor at 10:30 local time (0130 GMT).
The first and second inter-Korean summits were held in Pyongyang, the DPRK capital, in 2000 and 2007, respectively.