The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history on Friday by crossing the border for the first time to hold summit talks in South Korea.
He declared that he hoped for a new history of peace, prosperity and better inter-Korean ties.
He walked across the border to meet his counterpart Moon Jae-In. The leaders greeted each with a smile along the Military Demarcation Line, the border that has separated the Korean countries.
It’s the first time one of the ruling leaders has crossed over to the southern side of the Demilitarized Zone since the Korean War ended in 1953.
The duo chatted crossed briefly and then walked together along a red carpet school with flowers placed by schoolchildren and was accompanied by a guard of honor before entering a diplomatic building for their meeting.
As the start of the meeting, Kim said, “Today, I’m here with a mindset that I would fire a flare to kick-start a new history of peace, prosperity and better inter-Korean ties. I hope that we will have heart-to-heart conversations on issues of mutual interest, and bring about good results today,” according to a transcript released by Moon’s office.
“I don’t want to see the previous history that we’ve seen at past summits repeat itself, going back to square one without any results. Instead, hopefully, both sides will look forward to the future, hand-in-hand and marching together toward the future,” Kim said. “Let’s talk in an open-minded, sincere and candid manner.”
The meeting could pave the way to meet the US President Donald Trump later this year.