North Korea Edge Closer To Historic Peace Treaty With South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-In are holding groundbreaking talks to end the ongoing standoff between the two countries of the Korean Peninsula.
The historic talks are aimed at creating a lasting peace between the two countries and could also see the denuclearisation of North Korea.
President Moon Jae-In said: "Chairman Kim and I agree and confirmed that our goal is the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
"We are going to end the Cold war regime and we are going to build a permanent system of peace"
Mr Kim created history this morning as he cross the border between his country and South Korea. He did so hand in hand with his counterpart in the South in a show of unity the likes of which have not been seen since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
The talks are aimed at creating a new friendship between the historic enemies on the peninsula. Countries around the world are watching with interest as the two leaders try to put their differences aside for peace.
Mr Kim earlier vowed to "stop interrupting his [Mr Moon's] sleep" - a reference to the missile tests that North Korea have been carrying out in recent times.
He also said: "It has taken 11 years for this historic moment to happen. Walking here, I wondered why it has taken so long.
"I feel like I'm firing a flare at the starting line in the moment of [the two Koreas] writing a new history in North-South relations, peace and prosperity.
"Through today's meeting, I hope we won't go back to square one again, and the non-implementation of what is committed will not happen again."
The South Korean premier said: "Chairman Kim, for the first time in our history you crossed the military demarcation line. The military demarcation line is no longer a symbol of division but a symbol of peace.
"I would like to pay tribute to the courageous and bold decision made by you chairman Kim to arrange our meeting."
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also spoke about the meetings positively, although he also urged caution on those who expect a quick peace and the complete denuclearisation of the North.
He told reporters at NATO headquarters: "I am very encouraged by what's happening.
"I don't think that anybody looking at the history of North Korea's plans to develop a nuclear weapon would want to be over-optimistic at this point. But it is clearly good news that the two leaders are meeting. Absolutely."
The talks will continue today.
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