09/18/2018, 12.07
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Korean Summit, Kim Jong-un welcomes Moon Jae-in with open arms

It is the third meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas in a few months. It will last three days: the two will meet seven or eight times. The first official appointment is at 15.30. 200 people join Moon, including the magnates of Samsung, SK, LG, Hyunday and k-pop celebrities.

Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in landed in Pyongyang at 9.50 in the morning. There was a smiling Kim Jong-un to welcome him with open arms, on the runway. The two Korean leaders embraced, amid the applause of hundreds of North Koreans (see photo 2).

They were flanked by the first lady of Pyongyang, Ri Sol-jul, and Seoul, Kim Jung-sook, who shook hands. Thus began the third inter-Korean summit, whose first official talks will be held in the afternoon, between 15.30 and 17.00.

The summit will last three days, in which Kim and Moon should meet seven or eight times. There are three main points on the agenda: improving inter-Korean relations; promoting denuclearization and dialogue between North Korea and the United States; putting an end to military tensions between the two Koreas.

On the margins of the official summit, other realities of the two Koreas will have the opportunity to meet. Moon arrives in Pyongyang with a full-bodied entourage of about 200 people. Besides official figures, such as Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (it is the first time for the top South Korean diplomat in Pyongyang), other South Korean personalities have arrived in North Korea – including the top management of Samsung, SK group, LG group and Hyundai (see photo 3) - and the show.

The delegation accompanying Moon also includes three stars of Korean folk music (k-pop): Zico, Ailee and Ali (see photo 4). Members of South Korean civil society will today meet with Kim Yong-nam, head of the Northern State, whose role is purely representative. Instead, South Korean business magnates will be received by Ri Yong-nam, the North Korean vice-minister for economics. Seoul intends to deepen the cooperation between the two countries, within the limited margin left by economic sanctions, which for a year now have been weighing on the North Korean economy.

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