King Jong-un became the first North Korean leader to step into the South for the first time in 65 years. He was met with South Korean president Moon Jae-in for a historic peace summit on Friday.
Kim crossed the 38th parallel and shook hands with his sworn enemy. The 38th parallel north formed the border between North and South Korea prior to the Korean War. The 38th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 38 degrees north of the Earth’s equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Moving on to the truce village of Panmunjom, Kim signed the guest book at the Peace House, which will be the venue for talks that will focus on whether the North can be persuaded to give up its nuclear bombs.
Every detail of the arrangements has been painstakingly thought through, starting with the distance both leaders will sit apart from each other – 2,018 millimeters, in a nod to the current year.
The footbridge that Moon and Kim will walk across has been painted blue, the color of the Korea Unification Flag and the UN, which runs some of the buildings in Panmunjom alongside the governments of the North and South.
After the end of the first session, Kim Jong Un and Moon will have lunch separately before holding a tree-planting ceremony in the afternoon.
After the tree planting, Moon and Kim will take a walk together in Panmunjom. The village was where North and South signed an armistice, but not a peace agreement, to call a halt to the Korean War in 1953.
At the end of the talks, Kim and Moon will sign a pact and make an announcement. Later, they will have dinner on the South’s side and watch a video clip themed ‘Spring of One’.
Kim will be accompanied by nine officials, among them his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who led the North’s delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February and Kim Yong Nam, the North’s nominal head of state.
South Korea’s delegation is comprised of seven officials, including the ministers for defence, foreign affairs and unification.
The summit is only the third time the leaders of the divided Koreas have met in the 65 years since the end of the Korean War.