Korea leaders embrace as they meet in Pyongyang for third summit

Korea leaders embrace as they meet in Pyongyang for third summit

Im Jong-seok, Moon's chief of staff, said in a media briefing in Seoul Monday that Moon and Kim will immediately get down to "direct and substantial" talks that include a private discussion and an expanded summit instead of going through general summit formalities.

South Korea's presidential office says the two Koreas are likely to discuss areas that have potential for economic cooperation during President Moon Jae-in's three-day stay in the North.

WHEN IN NORTH. South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) waves as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) looks on during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018.

North Korea's Korean Central News Agency published the statement on Tuesday hours before the Korean leaders were expected to meet in Pyongyang for their third summit this year amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff.

Prior to the leaders' summit, Moon's wife, Kim Jung-sook departed for Okyu Children's Hospital at 2:30 p.m. accompanied by Kim's wife, Ri Sol Ju. "No signs of division were visible at all from that point of view".

K-pop starlet Ailee and rapper Zico, who were described by Moon as pioneering "new culture", were also part of the entourage. At the time, the North Korean leader declared his backing for the denuclearisation of the peninsula. Delegates who represent civil society sectors met with Kim Young Dae, chairman of the Social Democratic Party.

It is the first time a South Korean president has set foot in that building. The first day of the visit will conclude with a welcoming event and a state dinner hosted by the North.

During Tuesday's afternoon briefing to reporters, Yoon said it was unclear how much progress would be made on denuclearization issues and that it would be necessary to wait until after Wednesday's talks before any conclusions, if any, would be announced.

The North just completed an elaborate celebration replete with a military parade and huge rallies across the country to mark North Korea's 70th anniversary.

Moon's trip comes amid a deadlock in denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea.

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Kim welcomed his visitor at Pyongyang's global airport - where he had supervised missile launches past year as tensions mounted - the two leaders of the divided Korean Peninsula embracing after Moon walked down the steps of his aircraft.

The two leaders will sit down for formal talks after lunch, which will be followed by a musical performance and welcome dinner.

Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's sister and close aide, and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam were also present at the airport.

Agreeing on a timetable is a core task for Moon, as it would induce U.S. action, said Lee Jung-chul, a professor at Soongsil University in Seoul. Moon landed in Pyongyang for his third summit this year with Kim.

Citing the lack of progress on U.S.

A former human rights lawyer, Moon is known as a dove on North Korea matters. They met North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Ri Ryong Nam, who is in charge of economic affairs, although Seoul officials said they did not expect any specific joint economic projects to be agreed given extensive worldwide sanctions.

South Koreans are divided over whether this week's summit in Pyongyang will help break a stalemate over nuclear diplomacy between the USA and North Korea, according to another survey released in early September.

Both Koreas likely have an ally in Beijing, which has always been wary of the U.S.

"There is a direct relationship between the economic situation and the public support of administration's policy towards North Korea", said Shin Beom-chul, Director at Center for Security and Unification at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

He said if that happens, coupled with a potential midterm election defeat for U.S. Republicans, "that would be disastrous".

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