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North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Makes History, Enters South Korea To Meet President Moon Jae-In

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| April 27 , 2018 , 09:47 IST

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un created history on Friday by crossing the military demarcation line separating North Korea and South Korea to meet with South Korean President Moon Jai-In.

The Summit between the leaders of the two Koreas on Friday marks the first such summit in more than 10 years and comes weeks before Kim Jong-Un is due to meet with US President Donald Trump.

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In an unplanned move, Kim Jong-Un invited Moon to briefly cross the demarcation line into North Korea before they went back to South Korea holding hands. To welcome Kim Jong-Un and his delegation to South Korea, a red carpet was rolled out and a South Korean honour guard was also presented.

"A new history starts now. An age of peace, from the starting point of history," Kim wrote in Korean in the South's Peace House guest book.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency earlier on Friday had said that Kim would "open-heartedly discuss with Moon Jae-in all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean peninsula."

During the Summit, Kim and Moon are expected to discuss denuclearisation and exchanges between the Koreas and also plant a memorial tree at the Panmunjom border truce village.

The increasing tensions between North Korea and the US over Pyongyang's nuclear tests and the US's retaliatory sanctions cooled down significantly when Kim Jong-Un agreed to discuss denuclearisation after a visit from a South Korean delegation.

The White House in a statement said that the US is hopeful that the talks between Kim and Moon will make progress on achieving peace and prosperity.