Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

North Korean leader personally met President of South Korea at Pyongyang airport

North Korean leader personally met President of South Korea at Pyongyang airport

Mr Moon's chief of staff, however, played down the chance that Mr Moon's summit with Mr Kim will produce major progress in nuclear diplomacy.

President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday morning for the three-day visit. There are many business leaders in Moon's delegation of over 150 members, including executives from some of South Korea's largest conglomerates such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai.

Mr Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, walked out on to the tarmac when President Moon's plane landed at Pyongyang's worldwide airport.

It would fly directly across the western inter-Korean sea boundary to the Pyongyang International Airport, where a welcoming ceremony is set to be held.

The North's unique brand of choreographed mass adulation was on full display as hundreds of people on the tarmac waved North Korean flags and unification ones depicting an undivided peninsula. North Korean soldiers and naval troops quick-marched into position to welcome Moon, and the two leaders inspected the honor guard, according to South Korean media pool footage from the site.

Yoon Young-chan said Moon would relay the outcome of his denuclearization discussions with Kim directly to President Trump during the United Nations General Assembly later this month. The previous two inter-Korean summits took place in the truce village of Panmunjom in April and May.

Hundreds of people lined the tarmac at Pyongyang's worldwide airport - where Kim supervised missile launches past year as tensions mounted - holding North Korean flags and unification ones showing an undivided peninsula, television pictures showed. Moon and Kim are both pushing a reluctant Washington to sign off on formally ending the war with a peace treaty. But they were later suspended after conservatives took power in Seoul with hardline policies toward the North. Kim Jong Un took office in late 2011 upon the death of his father.

Moon expressed gratitude for Kim's "bold decision to open a new era".

Consider one telling scene, not long after Moon's arrival Tuesday, when cameras caught Kim and his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who acts as her brother's chief propagandist, both maneuvering Moon so that he had the ideal view - and could be perfectly seen on a reviewing stand, Kim by his side - as an honor guard of goose-stepping troops armed with bayonet-tipped rifles marched by.

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The ring was the same ring his father had presented to his mother 67 years ago, Weiss explained to the crowd. Weiss got a standing ovation and huge cheers from the crowd as Svendsen made her way to the stage.

Moon will return home on Thursday.

The South Korean president has also said he will focus on easing military tensions and promoting talks on denuclearisation.

While signaling his willingness to talk with Washington, Kim's strategy has been to try to elbow the USA away from Seoul so that the two Koreas can take the lead in deciding how to bring peace and stability to their peninsula.

The US and North Korea held their own historic meeting in June when US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un agreed in broad terms to work towards denuclearisation.

President Moon Jae-in (left) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wave during a auto parade in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

"There has to be a dramatic agreement to bridge the gap, such as the declaration of the end of the war by the US, and the North making some substantial steps in their nuclear disarmament", Tim Shorrock, a commentator on USA foreign policy, told UPI.

The third summit comes as US-North Korea denuclearisation talks are in a stalemate. Moon hasn't been able to revive them because of US -led economic sanctions on North Korea.

But Trump has also reportedly expressed deep skepticism of the US military presence in South Korea.

The statement caps off the third summit between Kim and Moon, who is under increasing pressure from Washington to find a path forward in its efforts to get Kim to completely - and unilaterally - abandon his nuclear arsenal.

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