Kim Jong-un and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in meet for peace talks

Kim Jong-un and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in meet for peace talks

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in shake hands

Friday, April 27, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has met with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in after crossing the military line dividing the two states.

He’s the first leader to enter South Korea through the demarcation zone since the end of the Korean war in 1953.

In the symbolic meeting, the two leaders shook hands and Mr Kim spoke of his hopes of reaching a peaceful agreement between the two peninsulas.

The meeting has been received positively by Chinese media, with state-run media calling the handshake “historic”.

The two leaders are holding private talks throughout the day, which are thought to cover nuclear weapons and progressing their relationship to a peaceful one.

North and South Korea have refused to recognise each other since they were both established after the end of the Second World War, so if a peace treaty were introduced, it would be the first formal recognition that the conflict was over.

Earlier today, Mr Kim and Mr Moon planted a pine tree in the demilitarised zone on the border, with the words “plant peace and prosperity” engraved on a stone in front of it.

Mr Kim spoke of his hopes of creating a “better world”.

Last week, he announced that he’d suspend nuclear tests, but Chinese scientists have speculated that this was because a mountain at the test site had collapsed, meaning nuclear radiation could leak into the air.

It’s been reported an official peace treaty could be signed when the talks conclude later.