North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un has met with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in a historical rapprochement. It was the first time a North Korean leader would step on the soil of South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Both leaders met at a heavily fortified demilitarised zone. Jong-un reportedly invited Moon to step across the border line onto the North’s territory in a symbolic show of détente before stepping back into South.
Jong-un said it was the “starting point” for peace between the two countries straddled along the Korean peninsula. Kim was reported to have joked with Moon that he was sorry for always keeping awake with his late night nuclear tests. He promised to dismantle the nuclear testing test, a vow taken with a pinch of salt given his penchant to renege on previous denuclearisation agreements.
Kim and Moon’s meeting came ahead of planned talks between Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming weeks. President Trump is expected to discuss North Korea’s denuclearisation with Kim.