Two Koreas hold high-stakes summit with nuclear talks in jeopardy


The South Korean delegation will attend a welcome art performance of Samjiyon Orchestra at the Pyongyang Grand Theater from 1730 local time, followed by a banquet held at the Mokran House.

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

Kim and Moon embraced at Pyongyang's worldwide airport - where the North Korean leader had supervised missile launches a year ago as tensions mounted. "Crowds lining the tarmac cheered wildly and waved flags of a unified Korea".

Kim Jong-un arrived at the airport accompanied by his wife and welcomed Moon Jae-in and his wife.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday started a landmark summit in Pyongyang aimed at salvaging stalled nuclear talks.

Moon personally greeted a few North Korean attendees during his walk down the red carpet away from his aircraft, bowing to them before entering his motorcade and departing the airfield. The dialogue between Pyeongyang and Washington had been stopped because of disagreements over denuclearization issues. Moon hasn't been able to revive them because of US -led economic sanctions on North Korea. During these two summits, they agreed to strengthen ties to achieve peace and prosperity, take steps towards reunification of the Korean peninsula and pursue bilateral economic cooperation.

Moon says denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula can not be achieved without direct talks been Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Hyun met Kim's father Kim Jong Il several times.

While presiding over a meeting with top advisers on Monday, Mr Moon said he "aims to have lots of heart-to-heart talks" with Mr Kim and achieve "irreversible, permanent peace that is not shaken by worldwide politics".

A file photo provided by the North's Korean Central News Agency shows Pyongyang's Taedong Seafood Restaurant crowded with citizens.

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"During the summit, First Lady Kim Jung-sook will visit Okryu Children's Hospital and the Kim Won Gyun University of Music".

Moon's plane had taken off from the military's Seoul Air Base for the 80-minute flight to the North Korean capital, with the president and his wife smiling and waving to well-wishers before boarding.

Japan, like the US, wants South Korea to stand firm on the issue of denuclearization, said Yuki Tatsumi, co-director of the East Asia Program and director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center.

Here are some of the latest remarks by Yoon Young-chan, senior secretary to the president for public communications, on what will be discussed at the summit.

But he said he still expects the summit to produce meaningful agreements that "fundamentally remove the danger of armed clashes and ease fears of war" between the two Koreas.

The South Korean President will end his visit on September 20.

We need to have "a more concrete agreement on inter-Korean relationships and reducing the [military tension]", he said.

Moon is hoping to engineer a proposal that combines a framework for the North's denuclearisation and a joint declaration ending the Korean War, Seoul officials said. They will meet with 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 global sanctions.

There's speculation that the scale of the political theater could grow even grander on Wednesday, the second day of the summit, with North Korea possibly engineering one of its huge mass games spectacles for Moon.

"This is not a matter on which we can take the lead, so (I) hope to speak frankly with Chairman Kim Jong-un to find a middle ground between the US' demands for denuclearization and the North's demands for ending hostilities and ensuring safety (of the regime)".