Kim Jong-un to meet South’s President on the border tomorrow
Kim Jong-un will meet President Moon on the border between South and North Korea tomorrow in the first summit between the two sides in more than a decade
- North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is to cross military demarcation line on Friday
- He will be greeted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in ahead of a summit
- The meeting will take place at a plaza in the border village of Panmunjom
Kim Jong-un will meet President Moon Jae-in on the border between South and North Korea tomorrow in the first summit between the two sides in more than a decade.
The North Korean dictator will be greeted by Moon after crossing a military demarcation line before the pair are escorted by South Korean honour guards to a welcome ceremony.
A summit will then take place at a plaza in Panmunjom, the border village where the summit is to be held, according to the South’s presidential chief of staff, Im Jong-seok.
After the end of the first session of talks, Kim Jong Un and Moon will have lunch separately before holding a tree-planting ceremony in the afternoon, Im said.
Kim Jong-un is to cross the Korean border for a face-to-face meeting with the South’s President Moon Jae-in on Friday as the two countries hold the first summit in more than a decade
The North Korean dictator will be greeted by Moon (pictured) after crossing a military demarcation line before the pair are escorted by South Korean honour guards to a welcome ceremony
A summit will then take place at Peace House (pictured) in Panmunjom, the border village where the summit is to be held
A pine tree will be planted on the demarcation line to symbolise ‘peace and prosperity’, Im said, using soil from Mount Paektu in North Korea and Mount Halla in South Korea.
Kim and Moon will water the tree with water brought from the Taedong River in the North and the Han River in the South, Im said. Afterwards, Moon and Kim will take a walk together in Panmunjom before beginning the next round of talks.
At the end of the talks, Kim and Moon will sign a pact and make an announcement, Im said. Later, they will have dinner on the South’s side and watch a video clip themed ‘Spring of One’, he added.
Official dialogue between Kim and Moon will begin at 1030am (0130 GMT) at the Peace House in Panmunjom, an hour after Kim is scheduled the cross the border at 9.30am (0030 GMT).
‘This summit will focus more on denuclearisation and securing of permanent peace than anything else,’ Im said on Thursday.
Official dialogue between Kim and Moon will begin at 1030am at the Peace House in Panmunjom, an hour after Kim is scheduled the cross the border at 9.30am
Kim will be accompanied by nine officials on the visit. He is pictured on Wednesday meeting survivors of a bus crash that killed 32 Chinese tourists in North Korea
Kim Jong-un (centre) visited the Pyongyang Railway Station on Wednesday to see off a special purpose train carrying the bodies of Chinese citizens who were killed and the wounded in a tragic traffic accident on April 22
‘I feel North Korea is sending their key military officials to the summit as they too, believe denuclearisation and peace are important.’
Kim will be accompanied by nine officials, among them his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who led the North’s delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February and Kim Yong Nam, the North’s nominal head of state.
In addition, there will be Kim Yong Chol, a former intelligence chief and Choe Hwi, the chairman of a sports panel.
The North sent athletes to the Winter Olympics, where the neighbours also fielded a joint women’s ice hockey team.
Kim Yong Chol was previously chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a North Korean military intelligence agency South Korea has blamed for the deadly 2010 sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean navy corvette.
Also in the delegation are Ri Su Yong, a member of the North’s politburo and Ri Myong Su, the chief of the general staff of the Korean People’s Army.
Ministers on the trip include defence minister Pak Yong Sik, and foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, besides an official spearheading peaceful reunification efforts, Ri Son Gwon.
South Korea’s delegation is comprised of seven officials, including the ministers for defence, foreign affairs and unification.
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