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Kim Jong-un to meet Moon Jae-in at Korean border for summit

SEOL: Kim Jong-un will on Friday become the first North Korean leader to cross into South Korean territory since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
In newly announced details, South Korea said President Moon Jae-in would personally meet Mr Kim at the border. The historic talks will focus on the North’s recent indications it could be willing to give up its nuclear weapons.
The landmark summit is a breakthrough after years of mounting tension.
But Seoul has warned reaching an agreement aimed at ridding Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons will be “difficult”, because North Korea’s nuclear and missile technology has advanced so much since the sides last held talks.
“The difficult part is at what level the two leaders will be able to reach an agreement regarding willingness to denuclearise,” South Korean presidential spokesperson Im Jong-seok said.
The meeting – the third of its kind following summits in 2000 and 2007 – is the result of months of improving relations between the two Koreas, and paves the way to a possible meeting between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump.
As well as addressing Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, the leaders are expected to discuss a path to peace on the peninsula to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, and a series of economic and social issues.
Mr Moon will meet Mr Kim and his delegation of nine officials at the border, Mr Im told reporters on Thursday. South Korean honour guards will then escort the leaders to a welcome ceremony at a plaza in Panmunjom, a military compound in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two countries.
Official talks between Mr Moon and Mr Kim will begin at 10:30 local time (01:30 GMT) at the Peace House in Panmunjom. The pair will break after the first session and will have lunch separately, with the delegation from the North crossing back to their side of the border.
At an afternoon ceremony, Mr Moon and Mr Kim will plant a pine tree using soil and water from both countries, to symbolise “peace and prosperity”.

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