Moon, Kim shake hands, begin historic meeting at border

Friday, 2018-04-27 06:55:19
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People watch a TV showing a live broadcast of the inter-Korean summit and RoK President Moon Jae-in shaking hands with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, at a railway station in Seoul, RoK, April 27, 2018. (Photo:Reuters)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un began their historic meeting early Friday (April 27) with a handshake at the heavily fortified border between the two countries.

Moon was the first to arrive at the border in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone.

Kim arrived later, shortly after he appeared on the DPRK side of Panmunjom.

He crossed the border on foot, becoming the first DPRK’s leader to have stepped on RoK’s soil since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The inter-Korean summit, the third of its kind in history, is the first to be held in the RoK.

After the welcoming ceremony, including the inspection of honor guard at the square, Moon and Kim will move on foot to the Peace House, where Kim will sign his name into the guestbook and take a commemorative photo with Moon on the first floor before starting the summit talks on the second floor.

Yonhap, Xinhua
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